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A Federal Strategy to Ensure Secure and Reliable Supplies of Critical Minerals

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Executive Summary The assured supply of critical minerals[1] and the resiliency of their supply chains are essential to the economic prosperity and national defense of the United States. The United States is heavily dependent on foreign sources of critical minerals and on foreign supply chains resulting in the potential for strategic vulnerabilities to both our economy and military. Mitigating...

International Cybersecurity Priorities: Fostering Cybersecurity Innovation Globally

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The U.S. Department of Commerce’s goals of ensuring that technology products and global networks are interoperable, resilient, and secure is essential not only to U.S national security interests, but also to continued U.S. economic leadership. Global trust in the Internet and confidence in the security and stability of the platforms and services that comprise this highly diverse ecosystem is vital...

Report to the President on Enhancing Resilience Against Botnets

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The U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security released this report on May 30, 2018. It outlines a guide to government and private sector actions that would reduce the threat of botnets and similar cyberattacks. The report responds to a May 2017 Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure, which directed the...

Digital Trade in North America

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As internet access and reliance grows, so does the potential for digital cross-border trade. Building on other work from the Department of Commerce's Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) and Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), this report, which serves to inform policymakers, business leaders and others, summarizes estimates of U.S. digital trade with Canada and Mexico. We cannot definitively...

Women in STEM: 2017 Update

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In March, the Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) released the first in a series of reports updating and expanding our previous work examining the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce. That first report, "STEM Jobs: 2017 Update," provided an overview of STEM workers and their earning power. This second report provides a more detailed look at the gender dynamics of the STEM...

Streamlining Permitting and Reducing Regulatory Burdens For Domestic Manufacturing

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Excerpt from report introduction: Federal regulations impose enormous costs on America’s businesses and working families. These costs burden virtually every sector of our economy, although the manufacturing sector is disproportionately hard hit. The direct costs on manufacturing companies were estimated by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) to be $138.6 billion as of 2014, though this...

Foreign Direct Investment in the United States

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The United States remains an attractive foreign direct investment (FDI) destination for a variety of reasons, including its large consumer base, a productive workforce, a business environment that encourages innovation and its legal protections. As a result, foreign firms make investments in the United States on a regular basis by establishing new operations, purchasing existing operations of...