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Spotlight on Commerce: Laura Spining, Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)

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Ed. note: This post is part of a series for Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) May 6-12, showcasing the vast and diverse work of Commerce employees collectively working together to deliver important services that are helping the American economy grow. Guest blog post by Laura Spining, Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications, National Telecommunications and Information...

Spotlight on Commerce: Doug Lynott, Director of Economic Development Integration, U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA)

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Ed. note: This post is part of a series for Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) May 6-12, showcasing the vast and diverse work of Commerce employees collectively working together to deliver important services that are helping the American economy grow. Guest blog post by Doug Lynott, Director of Economic Development Integration, U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). I serve as the...

Six Years in a Row: U.S. Seen as the World’s Top Business Destination

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The following is a cross-post from Tradeology , the International Trade Administration blog. The United States has, for an incredible sixth year in a row, topped A.T. Kearney’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index , an annual ranking of CEO and investor confidence in global markets. That unmistakable confidence has spoken again, and the latest report extends the United States’ winning...

NIST Research Improves Firefighter Safety

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Firefighters rely on self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA) to protect them from dangerous heat and toxic smoke. NIST research helped to improve industry standards for SCBA performance, leading to rapid improvements in the safety of the nation’s firefighters. NIST fire researchers developed a new test method to evaluate the performance of the weakest part of SCBA—the face piece lens. By using...

Commerce Joins SBA in Celebrating America’s 30 Million Small Businesses

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This week is National Small Business Week and the Commerce Department is pleased to join the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in recognizing outstanding entrepreneurs and small business owners across the nation. Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s...

USPTO Celebrates Women Innovators for World IP Day

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By Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Today, April 26, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) celebrates World Intellectual Property (IP) day in Washington, D.C., as well as across the country in Houston , Chicago and Silicon Valley . The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) established...

Economic Census Goes Online: Data to Provide Timely Information on the Health of the U.S. Economy

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Letters from the U.S. Census Bureau are beginning to land in mailboxes and mailrooms of businesses as the collection of data for almost 4 million business locations begins as part of the 2017 Economic Census. The Economic Census is the most comprehensive business survey in the United States. Conducted every five years, it is a cornerstone of many Census Bureau and other federal statistical...

NIST Releases Version 1.1 of its Popular Cybersecurity Framework

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The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released version 1.1 of its popular Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, more widely known as the Cybersecurity Framework . “Cybersecurity is critical for national and economic security,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “The voluntary NIST Cybersecurity Framework should be...