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Commerce Data Advisory Council

Tune in to hear the brightest minds in tech and data advise on the future of data-driven public service.

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The Commerce Data Advisory Council (CDAC) has been appointed by Secretary Pritzker to assist the Department of Commerce in revolutionizing their data assets, to empower our data users to become more informed, create a data ecosystem around our data products, and ultimately to foster innovation, create jobs, and drive better decision making. Find out more about the Commerce Data Advisory Council (CDAC)

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Economic Indicators

The Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) releases 12 monthly and quarterly Principal Federal Economic Indicators collected by its constituent bureaus: the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). Businesses rely heavily upon these indicators to make decisions every day. In their public comments, the Secretary and ESA's Under Secretary and Chief Economist put the indicators into a national and global economic context.

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American Community Survey

The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing survey that provides data every year -- giving communities the current information they need to plan investments and services. Information from the survey generates data that help determine how more than $400 billion in federal and state funds are distributed each year.

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USPTO/PatentsView workshop

Want to make patent data more useable? Join us, Oct. 28, for USPTO’s PatentsView product workshop

In the 1930s, the renowned sociologist Robert K. Merton theorized that science advances not only from individual work, but also from interaction with the scientific community. (Merton also, legend has it, coined the terms “unintended consequences,” “role model,” and “self-fulfilling prophesy.”)

You can see Merton’s thesis at work at Commerce as we pursue our mission to democratize data, advancing President Obama’s Open Data challenge and the Data Pillar of Secretary Penny Pritzker’s “Open for Business” strategy.

Under Secretary's Blog

Innovating and Learning through Failure

In 1956, an assistant professor at a university failed, and failed memorably, when trying to invent a "heart rhythm recorder." The failure occurred when, in trying to complete a circuit, he reached into his equipment box and grabbed the wrong sized resistor.

Economic Briefing Blog

Impact of Spending on Traffic Congestion

We schedule our day around it. We design our cities around it. We give so much of our lives to it. To many Americans, traffic is all of the above and more. We hate traffic even as it seems to grow worse every passing year.

But how do we fare compared to Americans across the nation? Is my commute the worst in the nation? Is it getting better or worse? Where is the government improving it? These are all complicated questions that can be answered with freely public data.


Council Recommendations Report

Commerce Data Advisory Council (CDAC)

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Economics & Statistics Administration Agencies

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) promotes a better understanding of the U.S. economy by providing the most timely, relevant, and accurate economic accounts data in an objective and cost-effective manner. BEA produces economic accounts statistics that enable government and business decision-makers, researchers, and the American public to follow and understand the performance of the Nation's economy.

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The Chief Economist is the Under Secretary's principal adviser on economic matters and serves as a special adviser to the Secretary of Commerce. The Office of the Chief Economist conducts analyses of policy proposals, monitors and interprets current economic developments; as well as analyzes major economic policy developments for use by senior officials throughout the Administration.

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The Census Bureau's mission is to serve as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy. We honor privacy, protect confidentiality, share our expertise globally, and conduct our work openly. We are guided on this mission by scientific objectivity, our strong and capable workforce, our devotion to research-based innovation, and our abiding commitment to our customers.

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