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Federal Data Strategy Releases Draft Practices on Leveraging Data as a Strategic Asset

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Starting with the constitutional requirement to count every person living across the country, the Federal government is charged with providing essential information about our people, our economy, and our surroundings. The Department of Commerce produces a wide range of data for everyone from consumers to Fortune 500 companies and local governments. In fact, counting, measuring, and producing data...

Addressing the Cybersecurity Workforce and Skills Gap

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Cyber-crime is now the number one threat to United States national security. As more people take advantage of online shopping, banking, and social networks to communicate with friends and family, they expose themselves to potential cyber threats. As the number of large-scale data breaches and cyber-attacks continue to rise year after year, there is an increasing need for educated and dedicated...

The 2020 Census and American Indian and Alaska Native Areas

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The following is a cross-post from the U.S. Census Bureau's Director's Blog As we gear up for the 2020 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau recognizes the unique challenges associated with conducting the census as accurately as possible in American Indian and Alaska Native areas. To accomplish that goal, we are reaching out to those communities years in advance to build awareness. This work includes...

Facilitating Business Investment to Deliver for the American Economy

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Today, registration is open for the 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit , and I am looking forward to another successful event connecting global business investors with growth opportunities in the United States. Next year’s Investment Summit will take place from June 10-12, 2019 in Washington, D.C. at the Washington Hilton. Throughout its existence, the Investment Summit has been a key contributor to...

Online Safety: Five Steps to Protecting Your Digital Home

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More and more of our home devices - including thermostats, door locks, coffee machines, and smoke alarms - are now connected to the Internet. This enables us to control our devices on our smartphones, no matter our location, which can in turn save us time and money while providing convenience and even safety. These advances in technology are innovative; however, they also can pose a new set of...

The President’s National Spectrum Strategy Will Give America a Boost in 5G

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The demand for more spectrum capacity is intense, and its wise allocation is a top priority as our nation builds out fifth generation (5G) wireless networks. By 2021, Cisco projects that global mobile data traffic will increase sevenfold, with 5G generating 4.7 times more traffic than 4G. 5G promises new capabilities and possibilities for our Nation’s innovators. Americans, ever the pioneers, are...

U.S. Census Bureau Recruits Key Partner to Improve 2020 Count of Children

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Our goal for 2020 is a complete and accurate Census. To accomplish this massive undertaking without undercounts, we are working to partner with countless organizations to reach certain hard to count populations by using their trusted voice. One of our most trusted voices are our children’s doctors – pediatricians. It was my great honor to recently ask Board members of the Federation of Pediatric...

The Department of Commerce Celebrates National Cyber Security Awareness Month

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This October, the Department of Commerce is proud to participate as a partner in National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) for the second year in a row. NCSAM is an effort from coast to coast to make cyber space safer for everyone, as well as an occasion to educate and engage everyone from the public and private sectors and the American public on cybersecurity issues through events,...