Department of Commerce

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Through our bureaus and 46,608 employees (as of January 31, 2018) located in all 50 states, every U.S. territory, and more than 86 countries, the Department of Commerce provides U.S.-based companies and entrepreneurs invaluable tools to programs that include overseeing ocean and coastal navigation, helping negotiate bilateral trade agreements, and enforcing laws that ensure a level playing field for American businesses and workers.  Specifically, the Department of Commerce implements foreign assistance programs through:

  • Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) is a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce that helps achieve U.S. foreign policy goals in developing and post-conflict countries through commercial legal reforms.  Working closely with the U.S. Embassies, CLDP has helped develop the legal infrastructure to support domestic and international businesses alike through programs in more than 50 countries.
  • International Trade Administration (ITA) strengthens the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promotes trade and investment, and ensures fair trade through the rigorous enforcement of our trade laws and agreements.  ITA works to improve the global business environment and helps U.S. organizations compete at home and abroad.
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce whose mission is to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans and coasts; to share that knowledge and information with others; and to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources.  Internationally, NOAA engages foreign partners to support and promote national policies and interests in ecosystem-based management, climate change, Earth observation, and weather forecasting while also seeking to maximize the mutual benefits of international exchange with its global partners.
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (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. It also provides training, education, and capacity building programs designed to foster respect for IP and encourage the development of strong IP enforcement regimes by U.S. trading partners.
  • National Institute of Standards and 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. From the smart electric power grid and electronic health records to atomic clocks, advanced nanomaterials, and computer chips, innumerable products and services rely in some way on technology, measurement, and standards provided by NIST. NIST also provides advice on international science and technology engagement; serves as liaison with the international science and technology community; manages NIST bilateral and multilateral cooperation; serves as the focal point for foreign visitors and associates; and oversees NIST's cooperation with academia.

Department of Commerce Data

U.S. government agencies report data quarterly to ForeignAssistance.gov to comply with the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2016 (FATAA). Each agency is required by FATAA to report data for FY2015 as the minimum base year, although some agencies have reported data prior to FY2015. Agency reporting completeness for FY2015 onward is captured below.

Data Last Updated: 11/18/2019

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What is the mission of the Department of Commerce?

The Department of Commerce promotes job creation and economic growth by ensuring fair and reciprocal trade, providing the data necessary to support commerce and constitutional democracy, and fostering innovation by setting standards and conducting foundational research and development.
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