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America's Data Agency

World economies are driven by innovation, emerging technologies, intellectual property—and data. Creating a robust economy requires an enormous amount of data, and Commerce is the nation’s preeminent producer of public data. More than 30 million U.S. business enterprises; 325 million Americans; and 93,000 tribal, state, and local governments rely on our data to make informed decisions. The information and data we produce shape fiscal and monetary policy and operational decisions that improve the nation’s social and economic conditions. Annually, more than $1 trillion in federal funds are distributed to states and localities, in whole or in part, using data produced by the department.

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Data

In accordance with the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act and associated OMB guidance (M-19-23) , and in support of the President's Management Agenda's strategic goal of Leveraging Data as a Strategic Asset, the Department of Commerce designates the following officials: Chief Data Officer: Thomas Beach Evaluation Officer: Christine Heflin Statistical Official: Mary Bohman Please note...

Data and reports

The Commerce Department collects, stores, and analyzes a wealth of information, including data on the Nation’s economy, population, and environment. These data go to the core of the Department’s mission. As America’s Data Agency, the Department of Commerce is using its data to spur innovation inside and outside the Federal Government and promote greater prosperity across the country.” - Secretary...

Fulfill Constitutional Requirements and Support Economic Activity

We the People” is America’s source of strength. As mandated in Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, every 10 years, we conduct a nationwide count of every person living in the United States. Data from the next census in 2020 will be used to allocate seats in the U.S. House of Representatives among the states. The demographic and housing data from the 2020 Census will also help the...

Fostering Innovation, Creating Jobs, Driving Better Decisions: The Value of Government Data

Reports
Everyone is talking about the importance of data to our society as data improves all of our decisions: those we make as individuals, as businesses, as governments. The federal government has been in the data business for quite some time, going back to the first decennial Census in 1790. Since then, the U.S. government has played a key role in providing valuable data to our country. Just how...

Developer resources

The Department of the Commerce is committed to the President's Open Government Initiative and has submitted high value datasets in support of the Open Government Directive. These datasets span a wide range of functions of Commerce and represent areas of continuing interest by our stakeholders.