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A New Look for the Commerce Data Advisory Council

The Commerce Data Advisory Council (CDAC) will convene for their 4th meeting on May 5-6 in New York City at Google's Manhattan office. This meeting is focused on Commerce's economic data, and the innovative ways the Department is working to improve and better utilize these valuable datasets. 

In conjunction with this event, the Commerce Data Service has re-designed CDAC's website to offer a better experience for CDAC members, the media, and the general public.

Unlocking Opportunity: Economic Development through Open Data

Photo of Dr. Tyrone Grandison, Deputy Chief Data OfficerRecently, I had the opportunity to discuss the value of #OpenData at the #EDA2016. The Economic Development Administration's 2016 National Conference held in Washington DC, is where hundreds of regional and local economic development professionals, non-profit and private partners, and federal, state, tribal and local officials explored the top issues facing communities today relating to improving competitiveness, job growth, innovation and overall quality of life.

Leading the Way on Data Innovation

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews at the Strata + Hadoop ConferenceI had the honor to speak at the Strata + Hadoop World Conference in San Jose, CA today. This Big Data conference brings together thousands of the smartest people in the tech and data world to share best practices in data science in the private, non-profit and public sectors. As "America's Data Agency," the U.S. Commerce Department plays a key role in providing the data that serves as the foundation for many of the innovations we see coming out of the private sector.

New Commerce Study Shows Women-Owned Businesses Making History but Still Significantly Less Likely to Win Federal Contracts

On Wednesday, March 2, the Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that for the first time, the goal of ensuring that women-owned businesses are awarded at least five percent of the federal government contracts for which they are eligible has been reached.1 SBA celebrated the news but noted that it plans to build on this achievement, as women-owned businesses are still under-represented when it comes to winning government contracts.

BEA Data Provide a Look into America's Shopping Carts

Consumer Spending GraphicAmerica's consumers spent more than $12 trillion last year on all kinds of stuff, including new cars, furniture, clothes, groceries, beauty products, electronics, visits to doctors and dentists, and tickets to sporting events and movies.

The Bureau of Economic Analysis produces a slew of data on what people buy and how much they spend.  It's a critical piece of economic information.  Consumer spending is a major shaper of the overall U.S. economy, accounting for more than two-thirds of GDP.  Beyond that, the statistics can help entrepreneurs and other business people make more informed decisions, offering insights into shoppers' buying behavior.

My First Year as Chief Data Officer

U.S. Department of Commerce Hosts First Commerce Data Advisory Committee Meeting in April, 2015This week marks my first anniversary as the US Commerce Department's first-ever Chief Data Officer. This past year was challenging.  But it was also an incredible opportunity to stand in the pilot-house of "America's Data Agency" and chart a new course that strengthened the agency's hugely important operations.  As I reflect on the past year, I want to share a personal reflection on the major roadblocks, lessons and accomplishments we've experienced.

Opportunity Data Set Powered by U.S. Census Bureau Information

U.S. Chief Technology Officer, Megan Smith, introduces Census Bureau Director John Thompson at Announcement of the Opportunity Project at the White HouseThis afternoon, I attended the launch of the Opportunity Project at the White House. The Opportunity Project is an initiative from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that uses Census Bureau data to help cities and local governments use new, curated, open data to account for how they use federal housing dollars.

Natural Capital Website Unveiled Following Conclusion of Business Roundtables

Commerce Department Chief Economist Ellen Hughes-Cromwick Unveils Natural Capital Website at National Summit hosted by World Bank.The U.S. Department of Commerce created and unveiled a natural capital website to provide resources and information to businesses seeking to incorporate natural capital into their planning and operations. Natural capital refers to the Earth's stock of natural resources – air, water, soil, and living resources – that provide a range of goods and services on which the global economy depends.

A Look at How Commerce Data Fuels Innovation

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker Tours Exhibit at PayPal's Headquarters in San JoseThe U.S. Commerce Department is responsible for producing troves of data – including weather data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), patent applications from the Patent and Trademark Office, demographic information from the Census Bureau, economic data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and export data from the International Trade Administration. This data is the foundation for innovative ideas from the private sector. And during a trip to Silicon Valley on Feb 26, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker saw firsthand how businesses, both established and startups alike, rely on Commerce data to fuel their ideas.

Analytics.usa.gov: Now with Agency-Specific Dashboards

Editor's note: This blog was originally posted on digitalgov.gov

We've added agency-specific dashboards to analytics.usa.gov!

Screenshot of Analytics.usa.gov Homepage

Starting today, you'll see a dropdown from the main analytics.usa.gov page that allows you to view the same dashboard, but filtered for websites that are administered by one of 10 specific agencies:

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