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GDP Increases in Second Quarter

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The following is a cross-post from the Bureau of Economic Analysis Blog Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased 4.2 percent in the second quarter of 2018, according to the “second” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The growth rate was 0.1 percentage point more than the “advance” estimate released in July. In the first quarter, real GDP increased 2.2 percent. GDP highlights...

The Census Bureau Is Keeping Your Data Safe

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The following is a cross-post from the U.S. Census Bureau's Random Samplings Blog Blog post by Kevin Smith , Associate Director for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, U.S. Census Bureau Protecting the data the U.S. Census Bureau collects is a critical part of our mission and our highest priority. We know the accuracy of our statistics depends on the accuracy of the data we...

NOAA Forecasters Lower Atlantic Hurricane Season Prediction. Urge Continued Preparedness and Vigilance

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The following is a cross-post from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Conditions in the ocean and the atmosphere are conspiring to produce a less active Atlantic hurricane season than initially predicted in May, though NOAA and FEMA are raising caution as the season enters its peak months. “There are still more storms to come – the hurricane season is far from being over....

Scientists Complete Mission to Map Fast-Moving Fault off Alaska: Data to Help Coastal Communities Prepare for Risks from Earthquakes and Tsunamis

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The following is a cross-post from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Researchers from NOAA, U.S. Geological Survey and their partners have completed the first high-resolution, comprehensive mapping of one of the fastest moving underwater tectonic faults in the world, located in southeastern Alaska. This information will help communities in coastal Alaska and Canada better...

More Than Four Trillion Dollars: FDI in the USA in 2017

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The following is a cross-post from Tradeology, the official blog of the International Trade Administration By Elizabeth Schaefer, Director of Investment Research, SelectUSA Following the flurry of activity from the SelectUSA Investment Summit , it is always a welcome change of pace to take some time in the heat of Summer to reflect on the state of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United...

Africa Matters: Why the U.S. Should Bolster its Trading Relationships with African Countries

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Businesses can help grow African economies, create more job opportunities and export more products to the continent’s markets. This post is part of a series highlighting the four-nation President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA) fact-finding mission led by the Secretary of Commerce and the Under Secretary of Commerce for the International Trade Administration. For more...

First Stop of PAC-DBIA Africa Trip in Ethiopia Yields Wins and Future Trade Opportunities for U.S. Companies

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The following is a cross-post from Tradeology, the official blog of the International Trade Administration (ITA) This is the first in a series of posts highlighting a four-nation President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA) fact-finding mission led by U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Gilbert Kaplan. For more information on the PAC-DBIA visit https:/...

White House Releases First-Quarter Milestones on Leveraging Data as a Strategic Asset

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Today marks the release of the first-quarter milestones for Leveraging Data as a Strategic Asset , a new and exciting Cross-Agency Priority Goal of the President’s Management Agenda . I am excited to co-lead this effort with my colleagues, Pradeep Belur, Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff at the Small Business Administration, Suzette Kent, Federal Chief Information Officer, Nancy Potok,...