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Spotlight on Commerce: Bismarck Myrick, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

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Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting the contributions of Department of Commerce employees during Black History Month. As the Director of the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity (OEEOD) at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), I provide strategic direction and guidance in carrying out the Agency’s equal employment opportunity and...

Cybersecurity Apprenticeships Enhance Cybersecurity Infrastructure

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By Marian Merritt, Lead for Industry Engagement, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce When Khabran Peters, a former member of the Army National Guard was researching his training options to transition into the secure software development field, he discovered the Community Initiative Center of Excellence for...

Commerce Department Recognized as Third Best Place to Work in Government

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Last month, the U.S. Department of Commerce was named the third best place to work in the federal government among large agencies in a survey released by the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit, non-partisan organization. Today, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration Lisa Casias accepted the award on the department’s behalf at the 2017 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government...

United States Department of Commerce Plan for Orderly Shutdown Due to Lapse of Congressional Appropriations

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Funding for the federal government expired on January 19th. The Department is prepared for a lapse in funding that would necessitate a significant reduction in operations and is currently implementing our plan. Read the United States Department of Commerce Plan for Orderly Shutdown Due to Lapse of Congressional Appropriations (updated December 7, 2017). In compliance with the restrictions of the...

Building a National Network for First Responder Communication

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The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is working to modernize the communications infrastructure used by first responders across the nation. With all 50 states and Washington, D.C., joining FirstNet, they are moving forward to deploy a modern, mobile-broadband LTE network for public safety with their private-sector partner, AT&T. In this blog, we explore how FirstNet can benefit one...

Supporting President Trump’s Vision for Expanding Broadband in Rural America

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This week, President Trump attended the American Farm Bureau Federation's Annual Convention in Nashville, Tenn., to announce the recommendations of the interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity. Secretary Wilbur Ross is a member of the Task Force, which was created by executive order in April 2017 to identify ways to boost economic prosperity and quality of life in rural America...

The Opportunity Project Demo Day: Open Innovation in Action

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Guest blog post by Drew Zachary and Mara Abrams, U.S. Census Bureau On November 29th, Under Secretary for Economic Affairs Karen Dunn Kelley and Acting Census Bureau Director Ron Jarmin kicked off The Opportunity Project Demo Day, an event that brought together over 200 innovators from the tech industry, government, non-profits and universities to launch 12 new digital tools built with public data...

Supporting America’s Communities Impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

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At the Department of Commerce, we’re committed to partnering with communities who are recovering from the devastation of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Since the initiation of disaster response efforts prior to landfall in August and September, the Department has been leveraging the strategic guidance and technical expertise available through our many diverse bureaus to serve the recovery...