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In the News: Secretary Raimondo Announces Historic Investment in America’s Communities

Last week, Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced a series of programs to equitably invest the $3 billion in funding the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration received from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. Secretary Raimondo laid out the Biden Administration’s vision for the investment during the White House press briefing on Thursday. What people are...

U.S. Census Bureau to Release First Look at Nation's Demographic Characteristics from 2020 Census

The following is a cross-post from the U.S. Census Bureau The U.S. Census Bureau by August 16 is set to release in-depth demographic statistics from the 2020 Census that will be used to redraw legislative voting districts. These follow the April 26 release of the first results from the 2020 Census, which showed that the total population was 331.4 million. The first release determined each state’s...

Commerce's NTIA Releases Report on Current and Projected Federal Use of Spectrum by Space-Based Systems

The following is a cross-post from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Every day, Americans depend on space-based technologies, which power navigation services, accurate weather forecasts, rural Internet access, public safety communications, national security objectives, and more. All of these technologies depend on a key public resource – radiofrequency spectrum...

Commerce Ranks in Top Five Places to Work in Federal Government for Ninth Consecutive Year

Recently, the Partnership for Public Service released the 2020 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings. And, for the ninth consecutive year, the Department of Commerce remained in the Top 5 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government ranking fifth among 17 large agencies. The results were based on the annual 2020 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) sent to 37,247 eligible...

Deputy Secretary Don Graves Praises Commerce’s USPTO for Their Critical Work in Promoting American Competitiveness, Innovation, and Ingenuity

USPTO Leadership Presents Graves with Copy of Ancestor’s Patent On July 1, 2021, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves visited the Commerce Department’s U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) headquarters in Alexandria, VA. During his visit, he toured the National Inventors Hall of Fame museum, experienced a “day in the life” of a patent examiner and a trademark examining attorney, and...

PRIDE Month: Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau Offers Valuable Data on Same-Sex Couples

The Department of Commerce (DOC) is proud to join the Nation in commemorating Pride Month. Pride Month is an opportunity to recognize the history of those who paved the way and to reflect on the continued fight for LGBTQ+ rights. Same-sex families reflect growing diversity and living arrangements in the United States. In honor of Pride Month, the Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau has...

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo Joins President Biden at U.S.-EU Summit and Advances Tech and Trade Issues with European Union and Private Sector Leaders

On June 14-16, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo joined President Biden, Secretary Blinken, Ambassador Tai and European Union (EU) leaders at the U.S.-EU Summit in Brussels. The U.S.-EU Summit presented an opportunity to rebuild and strengthen U.S.-EU ties and set a joint transatlantic agenda for the post-pandemic era. This includes fighting and ending the COVID-19 pandemic across the...

Juneteenth: My Story and Black America’s Ongoing Pursuit toward Progress

As we reflect on Juneteenth and celebrate the anniversary of the final emancipation of the last slaves in this country some two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, I am reminded that though the physical chains of slavery were broken, the invisible chains of systemic racism have continued to hinder Black Americans' progress to this day. From voting rights to the criminal...