Department of Commerce

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Department of Commerce
Founded 1903
Releases Organization News

The U.S. Department of Commerce has a mandate to advance economic growth and jobs and opportunities for the American people. It has cross-cutting responsibilities in the areas of trade, technology, entrepreneurship, economic development, environmental stewardship and statistical research and analysis. The Secretary of Commerce oversees a $6.5 billion budget.[1]


In response to President Obama’s Open Government Directive, the Department of Commerce in April of 2010, released its first iteration of its Open Government Plan. The plan creates a process for making more data available to the public and identifies three flagship Open Government initiatives that help make the Commerce Department more accessible and interactive.[2]

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  1. About Commerce. United States Department of Commerce.
  2. Commerce Department Releases Open Government Plan. Department of Commerce.