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Department of Commerce LogoDepartment of Commerce : Promotes job creation, economic growth, sustainable development and improved standards of living for all Americans by working in partnership with businesses, universities, communities and our nation’s workers. Responsibilities in the areas of trade, economic development, technology, entrepreneurship and business development, environmental stewardship, and statistical research and analysis.

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DOC Agencies: Bureau of Economic AnalysisBureau of Industry & SecurityCensus Bureau* Economic Development AdministrationInternational Trade AdministrationMinority Business Development AgencyNational Institute of Standards & Technology National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration National Technical Information ServiceNational Telecommunications & Information AdministrationPatent & Trademark Office


Bureau of Economic Analysis: BEA is an agency of the Department of Commerce and, along with the Census Bureau, is part of the DOC's Economics & Statistics Administration. BEA produces economic accounts statistics that enable government and business decision-makers, researchers, and the American public to follow and understand the performance of the Nation's economy. BEA collects source data, conducts research and analysis, develops and implements estimation methodologies, and disseminates statistics to the public.

National Economic Accounts: Gross Domestic Product (GDP); Personal Income & Outlays; Consumer Spending; Corporate Profits; Fixed Assets
International Economic Accounts: Balance of Payments; Trade in Goods & Services; International Services; International Investment Position; Direct Investment & Multinational Enterprises; Survey Forms & Related Materials
Regional Economic Accounts: GDP by State & Metropolitan Area; State & Local Area Personal Income; Real Personal Income for States & Metropolitan Areas; Personal Consumption Expenditures by State; RIMS II Regional Input-Output Multipliers; Economic Information for Coastal Areas
Industry Economic Accounts: Quarterly GDP by Industry; Annual Industry Accounts (GDP by Industry & Input-Output Accounts); Benchmark Input-Output Accounts; Travel & Tourism Satellite Accounts; Supplemental Statistics
Interactive Data

U.S. Economy at a Glance

Survey of Current Business: BEA’s monthly source of information about its economic accounts. Articles present the latest national, international, regional, and industry estimates; describe the methodologies used to prepare the estimates; provide information about major revisions; discuss on-going innovations; and generally keep users up to date on relevant BEA issues and initiatives.


Bureau of Industry & Security: Mission is to advance U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economic objectives by ensuring an effective export control and treaty compliance system and promoting continued U.S. strategic technology leadership.

BIS Data Portal: Export control data and analysis. Features statistical papers and datasets on: Controlled Trade with Select Countries; Export Control Reform (ECR); BIS Licensing; U.S. Defense Industrial Base Analysis.


Census Bureau LogoCensus Bureau: The Census Bureau's mission is to serve as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy. It is the leading source of statistical information about the nation’s people. Population statistics come from decennial censuses, which count the entire U.S. population every ten years, along with several other surveys.

Economic Census: Official five-year measure of American business and the economy.
Census of Governments: Identifies the scope and nature of the nation's state and local government sector including public finance and public employment and classifications.
American Community Survey (ACS): Premier source for information about America's changing population, housing and workforce.
Economic Indicators: The Census Bureau releases 14 different reports on key economic indicators.
All Surveys & Programs

Topics: Population; Economy; Education; Emergency Preparedness; Employment; Families & Living Arrangements; Health; Housing; Income & Poverty; Foreign Trade; Federal, State & Local Governments

Data Tools: 2010 Interactive Population Map; American FactFinder; American Housing Survey Table Creator; Business Dynamics Statistics; Census 2010 Datasets; Census Explorer; Census Flows Mapper; Current Population Survey Table Creator; DataFerrett; Economic Time Series/Trend Charts; Industry Snapshots; Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (University of Minnesota); International Data Base; International Map Viewer; Language Mapper; Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics; Metropolitan & Micropolitan; My Congressional District; OnTheMap; OnTheMap for Emergency Management; QuickFacts; QWI Explorer; Small Area Health Insurance Estimates; USA Trade Online; U.S. Gazetteer; U.S. World & Population Clock

Geography: 2010 Census Block Assignment Files; 2010 Census Name Lookup Files; Census Data Mapper; Census Geocoder; LandView 6; Partnership Shapefiles; Reference Maps; Relationship Files; Tallies; Thematic Maps; TIGERweb; U.S. Gazetteer

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Economic Development Administration: To lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. As the only federal government agency focused exclusively on economic development, the EDA plays a critical role in fostering regional economic development efforts in communities across the nation. Through strategic investments that foster job creation and attract private investment, EDA supports development in economically distressed areas of the U.S.


International Trade Administration: ITA strengthens the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promotes trade & investment, ensures fair trade through rigorous enforcement of trade laws and agreements. ITA works to improve the global business environment and helps U.S. organizations compete at home and abroad.
   ♦ Trade Topics
   ♦ Data & Analysis
   ♦ Publications


Minority Business Development Agency: The MBDA, a job-creating agency, leads Federal efforts to promote the growth and global competitiveness of America’s minority business community. MBDA is a leader in strengthening the economy and improving the lives of all Americans. MBDA supports job growth and economic expansion through a network of MBDA business centers, collaboration with federal, state and local government agencies, and strategic partnerships.


National Institute of Standards & Technology: NIST is one of the nation's oldest physical science laboratories. Congress established the agency to remove a major challenge to U.S. industrial competitiveness at the time—a second-rate measurement infrastructure that lagged behind the capabilities of the United Kingdom, Germany, and other economic rivals. Today, NIST measurements support the smallest of technologies to the largest and most complex of human-made creations.

Labs & Major Programs
Services & Resources: Standards & Measurements; Data
Computer Security Research Center
NIST Research Library
NIST Digital Archives


National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration: NOAA's Mission: Science, Service and Stewardship -- 1. To understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans and coasts; 2. To share that knowledge and information with others; and 3. To conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources.
Weather; Climate; Oceans & Coasts; Fisheries; Satellites; Research; Marine & Aviation; Charting; Sanctuaries

Weather Forecast Tools & Resources
Ocean & Coastal Tools, Sanctuary Permits, Charts & Images
Fisheries Regulations, Permits, Data Reporting & Restoration Projects
Satellite Imagery, Reports & Launch Information
Climate Data & Reports
Educational Resources
NOAA Central Library

NOAA Agencies:

National Centers for Environmental Information: NCEI is responsible for hosting and providing access to one of the most significant
   archives on Earth, with comprehensive oceanic, atmospheric, and geophysical data. From the depths of the ocean to the surface
   of the sun and from million-year-old sediment records to near real-time satellite images, NCEI is the Nation’s leading authority for
   environmental information.
National Environmental Satellite, Data & Information Services: NESDIS provides secure and timely access to global environmental data and information from satellites and other sources to promote and protect the Nation's security, environment, economy, and quality of life.
National Marine Fisheries Service: NOAA Fisheries is responsible for the stewardship of the nation's ocean resources and their habitat. They provide vital services for the nation: productive and sustainable fisheries, safe sources of seafood, the recovery and conservation of protected resources, and healthy ecosystems—all backed by sound science and an ecosystem-based approach to management.
National Ocean Service: NOS mission is to provide science-based solutions through collaborative partnerships to address evolving economic, environmental, and social pressures on our ocean and coasts.
National Weather Service: Provides weather, water, and climate data, forecasts and warnings for the protection of life and property and enhancement of the national economy.
Office of Marine & Aviation Operations: OMAO manages and operates NOAA's fleet of 16 research and survey ships and nine aircraft. Comprised of civilians and officers of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps, OMAO also manages the NOAA Diving Program, NOAA Small Boat Program and NOAA Aviation Safety Program.
Office of Oceanic & Atmospheric Research: OAR - or "NOAA Research" - provides the research foundation for understanding the complex systems that support our planet. Working in partnership with other organizational units of NOAA, NOAA Research enables better forecasts, earlier warnings for natural disasters, and a greater understanding of the Earth. OAR role is to provide unbiased science to better manage the environment, nationally, and globally.

The primary components of NOAA Research are:

The NOAA Research Laboratories
National Sea Grant College Program
NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research
NOAA Climate Program Office
Office of Weather and Air Quality
NOAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems
NOAA Ocean Acidification Program Scientific data & information about climate.

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National Technical Information Service: NTIS helps federal agencies make better decisions about data, with data. They provide the support and structure that helps partners securely store, analyze, sort, and aggregate data in new ways. They use private-sector partners’ knowledge to create new ways of using data to solve problems. The Joint Venture program works side-by-side with universities, nonprofits and industry professionals — together, they can experiment with data science technologies before they’re available in the marketplace.
The Data Cabinet
National Technical Reports Library


National Telecommunications & Information Administration: NTIA is the Executive Branch agency that is principally responsible for advising the President on telecommunications and information policy issues. NTIA's programs and policymaking focus largely on expanding broadband Internet access and adoption in America, expanding the use of spectrum by all users, and ensuring that the Internet remains an engine for continued innovation and economic growth.
Spectrum Management; Broadband; Internet Policy; Domain Name System; Public Safety; Institute for Telecommunication Sciences; Data Central

BroadbandUSA: Connecting America's Communities

National Broadband Map


Patent & Trademark Office: USPTO is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. The USPTO advises the president of the United States, the secretary of commerce, and U.S. government agencies on intellectual property (IP) policy, protection, and enforcement; and promotes the stronger and more effective IP protection around the world. The USPTO furthers effective IP protection for U.S. innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide by working with other agencies to secure strong IP provisions in free trade and other international agreements.
Intellectual Property Policy