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Diversity as a Win-Win

By Junish A. Arora As the new Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer (CDO) at the Department of Commerce, I wanted to share my diversity story and some recent thoughts on the value proposition for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA). Born in India, my family immigrated to the United States when I was five years old. I grew up in a community in south New Jersey, which at...

NOAA satellites helped save 397 lives in 2022

NOAA satellites, which are crucial in weather and climate forecasts, helped rescue 397 people from potentially life-threatening situations throughout the U.S. and its surrounding waters in 2022. NOAA’s polar-orbiting and geostationary satellites are part of the global Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking system, or COSPAS-SARSAT, which uses a network of U.S. and international spacecraft to...

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and Deputy Secretary Don Graves Honor the Life & Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Everybody can be great because anybody can serve” U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and Deputy Secretary Don Graves participated in service events yesterday in the Washington, D.C. area to honor the life, work, and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a National Day of Service and honors Dr. King’s achievements as a civil rights leader who...

Commerce Deputy Secretary Don Graves Travels to Chicago and Promotes New Grant Competition Focused on Supporting Minority and Women Businesses and Entrepreneurs

On Friday, January 13, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves traveled to Chicago to highlight the recently announced Minority Business Development Agency’s Capital Readiness Program, a $93.5 million grant competition dedicated to helping minority, women, and other underserved entrepreneurs grow and scale their businesses. “Entrepreneurship is a pathway to the American Dream,” said Deputy...

Year in Review: Commerce’s Top Stories and Accomplishments of 2022

As we welcome 2023, we reflect on some of the most popular stories, issues, and accomplishment from 2022. This past year, the Commerce Department remained at the forefront of many critical issues like no other time in history. Commerce played a central role in enacting President Biden's economic, trade, and innovation agenda to build a better America. One of the most important accomplishments of...

U.S. Census Bureau in 2022: A Year of Producing Data that Reflects an Accurate Portrait of America

Throughout 2022, the Census Bureau continued its excellent operations. We released data related to the 2020 Census, the American Community Survey, the Household Pulse and Small Business Pulse surveys, and many more. We’ve created new tools and data products. We participated in the release of historical data from the 1950 Census, along with the National Archives and Records Administration. We’ve...

Secretary Raimondo’s Top Twelve Tweets from 2022


"Across our bureaus, the Commerce Department has been delivering for the American people. We are leading the way on almost all of the Biden Administration’s major initiatives:  from manufacturing and innovation to broadband and trade. We have had a historic year for the Department: we passed the CHIPS and Science Act, and started rolling out broadband funding to deliver high-speed internet to all

Top Twelve Tweets for Deputy Secretary Don Graves


"The Department has led an interagency process to successfully deploy export controls, which are trade restrictions that help keep us safe by preventing adversaries from acquiring our products and using our innovation against us and our allies. We have been supporting the economic development work for Puerto Rico to help the island rebuild after the devastating hurricane." Deputy Secretary Graves