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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


Beareau of Economic Analysis LogoBureau 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.

Data by Topic: Gross Domestic Product Consumer Spending Income & Savings Industries International Trade & Investment Prices & Inflation Investment in Fixed Assets Employment Government Special Topics

Data by Place: United States United States & the World States & Territories County, Metro & Other Local Areas

Economic Account: National International Regional Industry

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 SealBureau 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. (formerly American FactFinder)

Economic Indicators

North American Industrial Classification System North American Product Classification System

Data Tools: American FactFinder American Housing Survey Table Creator Current Population Survey Table Creator Census Business Builder Census Flows Mapper Census Geocoder DataFerrett FRED Economic Data Health Insurance Interactive Data Tool Income & Poverty Interactive Data Tool Industry Snapshots IPUMS: Integrated Public Use Microdata Series International Data Base International Map Viewer Job-to-Job Flows Explorer LED Extraction Tool - Quarterly Workforce Indicators Language Use Mapper Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics Metropolitan/Micropolitan Population Map Viewer My Congressional District My Tribal Area OnTheMap OnTheMap for Emergency Management Post-Secondary Employment Outcomes QWI Explorer QuickFacts Response Outreach Area Mapper Survey of Market Absorption Interactive Data Tool Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Treemap TIGERweb U.S. Gazetteer U.S. & World Population Clock USA Trade Online

Library: America Counts: Stories Behind the Numbers Audio Fact Sheets Infographics & Visualizations Photos Publications Videos Working Papers

Topics: Age & Sex Business & Economy Education Emergency Preparedness Employment Families & Living Arrangements Geographic Mobility/Migration Geography Health Hispanic Origin Housing Income & Poverty International Trade Population Population & Housing Unit Estimates Public Sector Race Research Voting & Registration

Surveys & Programs: American Community Survey American Housing Survey Annual Business Survey Annual Survey of Manufactures Census of Governments County Business Patterns Current Population Survey Economic Census International Programs Metropolitan & Micropolitan Population Projections Small Area Income & Poverty Estimates Statistics of U.S. Businesses Survey of Business Owners & Self-Employed Persons Survey of Income & Program Participation


Economic Development Administration LogoEconomic 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 LogoInternational 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 Research Center

Trade Data & Analysis

Regulations & Agreements


Minority Business Development Agency LogoMinority 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 LogoNational 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 & MeasurementsData

Computer Security Resource Center


NIST Research Library

NIST Digital Archives


National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration LogoNational 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 Education Scientific data & information about climate.

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: Responsible for hosting and providing access to one of the most significant archives on Earth, with comprehensive oceanic, atmospheric, and geophysical data. The Nation’s leading authority for environmental information.
  • National Environmental Satellite, Data & Information Services: 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: Responsible for the stewardship of the nation's ocean resources and their habitat. Provides 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: 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: 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: Provides the research foundation for understanding the complex systems that support our planet. Enables better forecasts, earlier warnings for natural disasters, and a greater understanding of the Earth. Role is to provide unbiased science to better manage the environment, nationally, and globally.

Primary Components of NOAA Research: NOAA Research LaboratoriesNational Sea Grant College ProgramNOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and ResearchNOAA Climate Program OfficeOffice of Weather and Air QualityNOAA Unmanned Aircraft SystemsNOAA Ocean Acidification Program


National Technical Information Service LogoNational 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.

Federal Data Access

National Technical Reports Library


National Telecommunications & Information Administration LogoNational 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.

TopicsSpectrum Management Broadband Internet Policy Domain Name System Public Safety  Institute for Telecommunication Sciences Data Central

Featured Initiatives: National Spectrum StrategyBroadband USACybersecurityNational Broadband Map


U.S. Patent & Trademark Office LogoPatent & 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

Learning & Resources