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Secretary Raimondo Announces Results of Request for Information on Semiconductor Supply Chain

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Over the past year, Americans have come to understand the important role that semiconductors play in our everyday lives. The COVID pandemic created short supply and high demand across many industries, including semiconductors. While the private sector still has work to do to sort out their supply chains, we have seen several encouraging announcements on semiconductors: Last week, Intel announced...

Results from Semiconductor Supply Chain Request for Information

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OVERVIEW Over the past year, the Biden Administration has worked with the private sector to understand and address the global shortage of semiconductors. These computer chips are essential building blocks for an increasing number of products, from your cell phone and your car to other critical goods such as medical devices. The semiconductor shortage has been described as due to a “perfect storm”...

Deputy Secretary Graves Commemorates Dr. King’s Birthday at Digital Equity Roundtable with HBCU Presidents

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To commemorate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott joined Historically Black College and University (HBCU) presidents and representatives at a roundtable to discuss digital equity on Saturday, January 15, in Baltimore, MD. The roundtable focused on closing the...

Department of Commerce Holds its First Equity Town Hall

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Today, Secretary Gina Raimondo and Deputy Secretary Don Graves, along with Diane Farrell, Acting Deputy Under Secretary of the International Trade Administration (ITA), held the Department’s first Equity Town Hall. As a top priority of the Biden-Harris Administration since Day One, Equity encompasses everything we do at the Commerce Department. “America’s diversity is a competitive advantage – but...

New Commerce Initiatives for a Climate Ready Nation

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Here at the Department of Commerce, we know that fighting climate change isn’t just good for the environment; it’s good for the economy. Under the Biden-Harris Administration, the Commerce Department is leveraging every tool we have to create economic opportunity in the clean energy economy. Alongside six other agencies, we are announcing clean energy projects that demonstrate the Administration’s...

Year in Review: Commerce's Top 21 Stories of 2021

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As we welcome 2022, we reflect on some of the most popular stories and issues from the past year. Last year, the 40th Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo outlined how the Commerce Department contributes to President Biden's Build Back Better agenda. "Our strategy is designed to achieve an overarching goal: to improve America’s economic competitiveness so that our workers and our companies...

U.S. Population Estimated at 332,403,650 on Jan. 1, 2022

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The following is a cross-post from the U.S. Census Bureau As our nation prepares to ring in the new year, the U.S. Census Bureau projects the United States population will be 332,403,650 on Jan. 1, 2022. This represents a 0.21% increase in population or an additional 706,899 people since New Year’s Day 2021. Population increased 0.29% since Census Day, April 1, 2020, adding 954,369 people during...

Five Ways NOAA Helped Make America Climate-Ready in 2021

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The following is a cross-post from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Record-setting summer heat baked the typically cooler Pacific Northwest. The third busiest hurricane season on record sent eight storms barreling into the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Devastating, record-setting tornadoes brought hundreds of miles of destruction across eight states in December. Tropical...