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NOAA today released its Blue Economy Strategic Plan for 2021-2025, laying out a roadmap for new ways to advance America’s Blue Economy and enhance a global ocean economy expected to double in value to $3 trillion over the next decade. NOAA’s data, tools, and services that support coastal economies and their contribution to the national economy touch all aspects of American life. Approximately 127...

U.S. Department of Commerce Statement on National Urban League Case 21-Day Stay

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Yesterday, an official Order by the Court in the National Urban League case was issued in which the Department of Commerce and U.S. Census Bureau are defendants. The Order enters a Stipulation for a 21-day stay in the case, and all necessary and appropriate steps must be taken to ensure compliance with the Court’s Stipulation and Order. Accordingly, all Department of Commerce employees who have...

Across the Commerce Department: 2020 Year in Review

2020 was a difficult year, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commerce Department continued to provide American businesses and workers with the resources they need during this time. Take a look at some of the wonderful accomplishments we made across the Department: Census - 2020: A Year in Review Working in new circumstances for many, and facing unforeseen obstacles, we displayed...

Commerce Department Issues Interim Rule to Secure the ICTS Supply Chain

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Pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13873, “Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services (ICTS) Supply Chain,” today U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross issued an interim final rule to address the national security, economic security, and public health and safety concerns related to ICTS Transactions. The rule will ensure the resilience of, and trust in, our...

Commerce Adds China National Offshore Oil Corporation to the Entity List and Skyrizon to the Military End-User List

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Today, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the Department of Commerce (Commerce) added Chinese National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) to the Entity List and Chinese company Skyrizon to the Military End-User (MEU) List. Both companies threaten U.S. national security, CNOOC by helping China intimidate neighbors in the South China Sea and Skyrizon for its capability to develop, produce...

Commerce Tightens Controls to Prevent Support of Foreign Military-Intelligence and WMD Activities

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Today, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the Department of Commerce (Commerce) imposed new controls on any U.S. technologies and specific activities of U.S. persons who may be supporting foreign military-intelligence end uses and end users in China, Cuba, Russia, and Venezuela, as well as in terrorist-supporting countries. BIS is also enhancing controls to prevent U.S. persons from...

Commerce Secretary Signs MOU Establishing U.S. Trade Zone in Kingdom of Bahrain

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Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism of the Kingdom of Bahrain signed of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to Enhance U.S.-Bahrain Trade through the Establishment of a U.S. Trade Zone (USTZ) in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The MoU was signed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and the Minister of Industry, Commerce, and Tourism in the...

Year in Review: Our Most Popular Stories of 2020

As we welcome 2021, we reflect on some of the most popular stories of last year. The Department of Commerce continues to work every day to promote job creation and economic growth by ensuring fair and secure trade, providing the data necessary to support commerce, and fostering innovation by setting standards and conducting foundational research and development. The following blogs generated the...

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on President Trump's Executive Order: "Addressing the Threat Posed by Applications and other Software Developed or Controlled by Chinese Companies"

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Today, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order (E.O.) titled, “Addressing the Threat Posed by Applications and other Software Developed or Controlled by Chinese Companies.” U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross issued the following statement in response: "Consistent with the authorities designated to the Secretary of Commerce from the President, I have directed my Department to begin...