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Department of Commerce’s Statement in response to the Inspector General’s Management Alert NO. OIG-20-050-M

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The Department has reviewed the Office of Inspector General’s management alert criticizing the Census Bureau’s plan to meet the statutory deadline of December 31, 2020 for delivery to the President of the apportionment counts for the 2020 Census (OIG Report). The OIG Report makes no recommendations to improve the compliance plan and it ignores the numerous improvements to the field collection and...

Commerce Adds Five Scientists Involved in Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Development Program to the Entity List

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross today announced that the Department is adding five Iranian scientists to the Entity List for enabling or assisting Iran’s nuclear development program, which is contrary to the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States. The individuals added to the Entity List are Ahmad Nozad Gholik, Behnam Pouremadi, Hamid Sepehrian...

Statement on Delayed Prohibitions Related to TikTok

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In light of recent positive developments, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, at the direction of President Trump, will delay the prohibition of identified transactions pursuant to Executive Order 13942, related to the TikTok mobile application that would have been effective on Sunday, September 20, 2020, until September 27, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Commerce Department Prohibits WeChat and TikTok Transactions to Protect the National Security of the United States

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In response to President Trump’s Executive Orders signed August 6, 2020, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) today announced prohibitions on transactions relating to mobile applications (apps) WeChat and TikTok to safeguard the national security of the United States. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has demonstrated the means and motives to use these apps to threaten the national security...

U.S. Department of Commerce Announces Draft Amendment to the Suspension Agreement on Uranium from the Russian Federation

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Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) and the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom (Rosatom), on behalf of the Government of the Russian Federation, initialed a draft amendment to the Agreement Suspending the Antidumping Investigation on Uranium from the Russian Federation (Agreement), which was originally signed in 1992. This amendment, if finalized, will extend the Agreement to...

U.S. Department of Commerce Releases Enhanced Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis System

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Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced the adoption of a final rule modernizing the Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis (SIMA) system. Commerce also announced plans to unveil a new online platform for SIMA on Commerce’s website in October. “These significant improvements to SIMA will enable Commerce and the public to more readily identify transshipment and circumvention involving steel...

Commerce Department Adds 24 Chinese Companies to the Entity List for Helping Build Military Islands in the South China Sea

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The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the Department of Commerce (Commerce) added 24 Chinese companies to the Entity List for their role in helping the Chinese military construct and militarize the internationally condemned artificial islands in the South China Sea. Despite protests from the United States and other countries, the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has been...

Commerce Applauds NAPA Study Reaffirming the Department as the Lead Agency for Space Traffic Management

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Today, the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) released their Congressionally directed study, “Space Traffic Management: Assessment of the Feasibility, Expected Effectiveness, and Funding Implications of a Transfer of Space Traffic Management Functions.” The findings reaffirm that the Office of Space Commerce at the Department of Commerce is the best suited civil agency to perform...