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Cover of the U.S. Department of Commerce 2018-2022 Strategic Plan
Cover of the U.S. Department of Commerce 2018-2022 Strategic Plan


The mission of the Department is to create the conditions for economic growth and opportunity.

The U.S. Department of Commerce promotes job creation and economic growth by ensuring fair and reciprocal trade, providing the data necessary to support commerce and constitutional democracy, and fostering innovation by setting standards and conducting foundational research and development. Through its diverse bureaus and nearly 47,000 employees located in every state and territory and more than 86 countries, the Department of Commerce works to provide U.S.-based companies and entrepreneurs invaluable tools through programs such as the Decennial Census, the National Weather Service, NOAA Fisheries, and the Foreign Commercial Service. Among many other functions, the Department helps negotiate bilateral free and fair trade, enforces laws that ensure a level playing field for American businesses, and oversees ocean and coastal navigation.

Strategic Goals

The Department has one overarching goal: Helping the American Economy Grow. Each of the Department's five strategic goals advances our mission and supports this goal:

Read the U.S. Department of Commerce's 2018–2022 strategic plan.

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