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Spotlight on Commerce: Shayla E. Moon, Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs Specialist, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

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Guest blog post by Shayla E. Moon, Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs Specialist, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Politics. Business. Education. Advocacy. These words best describe my duty as the Legislative & Intergovernmental Affairs Specialist for the Department of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA). They are also a description of my personal family...

Spotlight on Commerce: Sherri Curtis-Lattisaw, Administrative Specialist, SelectUSA, International Trade Administration

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Guest blog post by Sherri Curtis-Lattisaw, Administrative Specialist, SelectUSA, International Trade Administration I am an Administrative Specialist at the Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration (ITA). Within ITA, I work for SelectUSA. SelectUSA's mission is to facilitate a job-creating business investment into the United States and raise awareness of the critical role that...

Spotlight on Commerce: Samantha Maragh, Ph.D., Leader of the Genome Editing Program, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

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Guest blog post by Samantha Maragh, Ph.D., Leader of the Genome Editing Program, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) I grew up in the “melting pot U.S.A,” otherwise known as Howard County, Maryland. Even in this melting pot, I was different. I am of mixed ethnicity. My mom is Afro-Caribbean and my dad is East Indian. Both parents were born and raised in Jamaica and came to the U...

Department of Commerce's EDA Awards Over $70 Million To Support Economic Recovery Across The U.S. And Territories

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Today, the Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration announced over $70 million in CARES Act Recovery Assistance, Disaster Recovery, and Public Works Program grants to support businesses and communities adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic and natural disasters, and bolster public works projects to spur economic growth. These grants provide critical gap financing for...

U.S. Commerce Department Restricts Licensing of Sensitive Exports to Burma’s Military and Security Services in Response to the Recent Military Coup

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The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) implemented a series of restrictions on exports of sensitive items to Burma’s Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Home Affairs, armed forces, and security services in response to the Burmese military’s actions to overthrow the democratically elected civilian government of Burma. Effective immediately, BIS will apply a presumption...

New Timeline of Deadliest California Wildfire Could Guide Lifesaving Research and Action

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On a brisk November morning in 2018, a fire sparked in a remote stretch of canyon in Butte County, California, a region nestled against the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Fueled by a sea of tinder created by drought, and propelled by powerful gusts, the flames grew and traveled rapidly. In less than 24 hours, the fire had swept through the town of Paradise and other communities...

NOAA Satellites Helped Save a Record 421 Lives in 2019

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The same NOAA satellites that helped forecasters track weather and wildfires were also critical in rescuing a record 421 people from potentially life-threatening situations throughout the United States and its surrounding waters in 2019. NOAA’s polar-orbiting and geostationary satellites are part of the global Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking System, or COSPAS-SARSAToffsite link, which...

NTIA Announces Tribal Consultations on New Program to Increase Broadband Access Across Indian Country

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The following is a cross-post from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) The Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is committed to increasing broadband Internet access across America, particularly in unserved and underserved communities. The recently enacted Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 provides new...