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.
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:
- Accelerate American Leadership
- Enhance Job Creation
- Strengthen U.S. Economic and National Security
- Fulfill Constitutional Requirements and Support Economic Activity
- Deliver Customer-Centric Service Excellence
More About Commerce's Organization
- Commerce Leadership
- Organizational Chart (PDF)
- Commerce Directives Management Program (DAO and DOO)
- Office of Inspector General
- Budget, Performance and Planning