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NOAA and NCAR Partner on New State-of-the-Art Weather and Climate Modeling Framework

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The United States is making exciting changes to how computer models will be developed in the future to support the nation’s weather and climate forecast system. NOAA and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) have joined forces to help the nation’s weather and climate modeling scientists achieve mutual benefits through more strategic collaboration, shared resources and information....

Priority Makes the Difference – FirstNet in Action

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The following is a cross-post from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) By Tracey Murdock, FirstNet Senior Public Safety Advisor Imagine a mountain town of 7,000 residents welcoming 500,000 guests. That is the scenario that Sturgis, South Dakota, faces every summer in August. For 78 years, this Black Hills community has hosted the country’s largest motorcycle rally, and every year is a...

New Census Bureau Director – Moving Ahead and Achieving a Successful 2020 Census

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The following is a cross-post from the U.S. Census Bureau Director's Blog By Dr. Steven Dillingham, U.S. Census Bureau Director The mission here at the U.S. Census Bureau is to serve as the nation’s leading provider of quality data about its people and economy. Our goal is to provide the best mix of timeliness, relevancy, quality, and cost for the data we collect and services we provide. As I took...

Shutdown Due to Lapse of Congressional Appropriations

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Funding for a portion of the federal government expired on December 21, 2018. The Department is prepared for a lapse in funding that would necessitate a significant reduction in operations and is currently implementing its plan. Read the United States Department of Commerce Plan for Orderly Shutdown Due to Lapse of Congressional Appropriations (updated December 18, 2018). In compliance with the...

New Memorandum of Understanding with Côte d’Ivoire Slated to Strengthen the United States’ Ties to Africa

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Guest blog post by Janel Edens, Office of Africa, International Trade Administration On December 7 th , 2018, the U.S.-Côte d’Ivoire Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on behalf of the government of the United States and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marcel Amon-Tanoh on behalf of the Government of Côte d’Ivoire. “We are fundamentally...

FirstNet Moves Forward with New Board Members, Vision for Maximizing Network Impact for Public Safety

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The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) capped off a year of significant progress for public safety by welcoming new members to the Board and outlining an enhanced strategic direction for the organization. U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross swore in the new members at the U.S. Department of Commerce on December 12 and thanked the members for their service to our country and...

BEA Releases First County GDP Numbers

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Real gross domestic product increased in 1,931 of the nation’s counties and decreased in 1,159 counties in 2015, according to prototype statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The inflation-adjusted data show GDP unchanged in 23 counties. These prototype county GDP statistics , for the years 2012-2015, represent another step forward in meeting BEA’s long-standing goal of providing a...

Spurring Innovation During National Entrepreneurship Month

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By: Karen Dunn Kelley American ingenuity has powered our nation through advances in technologies such as integrated circuits, personal computers, and the Internet. Through recessions and economic booms, innovation has remained the hallmark of the U.S. economy. Americans have consistently invented revolutionary new technologies and, in the process, created immense global industries. If the United...