On June 2nd, 2016, the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) for the Department of Commerce (DOC) issued another game-changing announcement - "GitHub can be used* to collaboratively build open source software.” (*Note below for DOC users)
Throughout our country’s history, innovators have used the patent system to protect their ideas. From Samuel Hopkin's improved process in making potash, an ingredient in fertilizer in 1790, to the patents of the present day, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has evaluated and safeguarded innovation around the world.
In early 2011, the Administration released the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy - that advocates the 'Cloud First' approach in order to capitalize on its cost savings, availability improvements, energy efficiencies, system agility, centralized security management and increased reliability.
Now, DOC will be able to develop, test and build products and services on the FedRAMPed Amazon Web Services platform.
As "America's Data Agency", the Department of Commerce intrinsically understands and appreciates that a 'Cloud First' strategy is critical in maximizing the power of open data in order to facilitate the conditions for economic growth and opportunity. The Big Data Project from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Open Data efforts from the Commerce Data Service show this clearly.
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About the Economics & Statistics Administration
The Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) plays three key roles within the Department of Commerce (DOC). ESA provides timely economic analysis, disseminates national economic indicators, and oversees the U.S. Census Bureau (Census) and the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). In this latter role, ESA works closely with the leadership at BEA and Census on high priority management, budget, employment, and risk management issues, integrating the work of these agencies with the priorities and requirements of the Department of Commerce and other government entities.