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Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo Addresses Importance of Building a Shared Digital Future at Tallinn Digital Summit

Last week, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo participated in the Tallinn Digital Summit and addressed the importance of building a shared digital future by establishing a framework for trusted connectivity. Secretary Raimondo is the first senior official from the Biden Administration to visit Estonia and the first Cabinet-level official to visit since 2019. Secretary Raimondo also held...

Deputy Secretary Don Graves Addresses Biden Administration’s Commitment to Economic Recovery and Expanding Broadband Access on Trip to Alaska and Washington

Joined NOAA’s Project to Revitalize “Salmon Capital of the World,” Urged Businesses to Get Their Employees Vaccinated and Stressed Need for Universal Broadband U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves traveled to Ketchikan and Juneau, Alaska, where he met with businesses and representatives from the local travel and tourism industry and outlined the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to...

Honoring First Responders on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

Guest blog post by Edward Parkinson, CEO First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) Soon after the planes hit the World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001, Brad Morrell deployed from Utah to New York City as part of an urban search and rescue team. Aboard the military airlift transporting rescuers, Brad remembers seeing otherwise empty skies except for the fighter jets escorting...

Announcing the 2021 Class of Sustainability, Energy, and Environmental (SEE) Ambassadors

The SEE Ambassadors program recognizes individual Departmental employees for their outstanding performance in implementing exceptional cost-saving projects and/or programs that help the Department achieve its mission to implement sustainability and improve energy efficiency, water conservation, environmental performance, and awareness. Despite the many challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, these...

Secretary Gina Raimondo and Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed Call for Major Federal Investment in America’s Care Economy

The following is a cross-post from the office of Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed Investing in America’s care economy workforce and infrastructure will boost U.S. economy & improve access to essential health, education, childcare and elder care services In an effort to boost economic recovery, deliver critical services for children, families, and seniors, and promote sustainable economic growth, U.S...

Deputy Secretary Don Graves Joins Oregon Senator Ron Wyden in Addressing Need to Invest in Care Workers and Care Economy

Earlier this month, Deputy Secretary Don Graves hosted a virtual roundtable discussion on the economic impact and need to have accessible and affordable childcare in the workplace with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Deputy Secretary Graves was joined by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and AFSCME President Lee Saunders in emphasizing the importance of family...

20 Years Later: NIST's World Trade Center Investigation and Its Legacy

The following is a blog post by S. Shyam Sunder who led the Federal Building and Fire Safety Investigation of the World Trade Center Disaster in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The collapse of the World Trade Center (WTC) buildings following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was one of the worst-ever building disasters in recorded history — killing 2,749 people...

Commerce Deputy Secretary Don Graves Joins Congressman Mike Doyle in Hosting Roundtable Discussion with Pittsburgh-Area Leaders on the Need for High Speed, Affordable Internet

Graves Praises Pennsylvania for High Vaccine Rate and Stresses Administration’s Commitment to the Economic Recovery of the Coal Community Earlier this month, Deputy Secretary Don Graves joined Congressman Mike Doyle and Mayor Bill Peduto in hosting a roundtable discussion to address the increasing need for high-speed, affordable internet access in the Pittsburgh-area and across America. Graves...