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Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves Attends 2023 Space Symposium, Provides Keynote on Importance of Space to U.S. Economy

On April 19, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves addressed space leaders from around the world on the future of the space sector and ways to make space more commercially accessible at the Space Foundation’s Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. During his keynote address, Deputy Secretary Graves stressed President Biden’s commitment to ramp up U.S. government engagement with American...

Join the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for World Intellectual Property Day!

Every year on April 26, we join intellectual property (IP) organizations from across the globe to celebrate World Intellectual Property (IP) Day. This year’s theme is “Women and IP: Accelerating innovation and creativity.” Getting everyone off the bench to fully participate in innovation is not only a national imperative, but an international one. We have some exciting events planned this week —...

2023 SelectUSA Investment Summit: Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo Announces Speaker Lineup, Includes White House Senior Officials, U.S. Cabinet, U.S. Governors, and Prominent Private Sector Leaders

The U.S. Department of Commerce and SelectUSA announced the lineup of global executives, business leaders and U.S. government representatives who will address participants at the 2023 SelectUSA Investment Summit from May 1-4 in the Washington, D.C. area. Hosted by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, notable speakers presenting at the conference include White House Senior officials, Cabinet...

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo Continues Push for Higher Paying Careers for Women in the Skilled Trades

On Friday, April 14, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo toured a New York City community-based organization that trains women in the trade as part of the Administration’s “Investing in America” tour and as part of her ongoing commitment to boosting wages for women through access to higher-paying careers in the skilled trades. One of Secretary Raimondo’s top priorities at the Commerce Department...

Happy Earth Week!

Happy Earth Week from the Department’s Office of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Programs (OSEEP)! OSEEP was inspired by the submissions in the 2023 Earth Day Photo Challenge: Investing in Our Planet and excited to learn about the various ways Commerce employees take action to protect the world around them. From fisheries management and conservation, to helping to plant 300 trees, to raising...

When Wildfires Rage, Firefighters Need Voice, Situational Awareness and Alerting Tech in the Wildland Urban Interface

Between January and September 2022, nearly 7 million acres burned across the United States. In recent years, the country has experienced unparalleled challenges regarding wildfires. The season is no longer contained within a portion of the year but has become a year-round battle. Wildfire suppression consistently exceeds $1 billion per year, and these incidents are becoming lengthier, more...

Chief Diversity Officer as Connector-in-Chief

By Junish Arora, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer One of the roles of the Chief Diversity Officer is to connect Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) with Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and the Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM) in an effort to build a more optimal workforce and a thriving workplace culture. However, there are many other partners and...

Reflections on my first year as Chief Data Officer for the US Department of Commerce

As Chief Data Officer of the Department of Commerce, I have the privilege of working with superlative colleagues leveraging government’s most underexploited asset—our data—to address some of the most critical challenges facing society. This past year has been humbling, challenging, but above all, inspiring. At my one-year anniversary in my role, I wanted to take this moment to reflect on the past...