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Bridging the Federal & State Data Divide: At SXSW

Under Secretary Mark Doms at SXSW 2015Yesterday at the South by Southwest Conference in Austin, Texas, I served on a panel with Texas Comptroller for Public Accounts Susan Combs, and Census Presidential Innovation Fellow Jeff Meisel, to discuss how government is working to make it easier to for businesses, governments and the public to use our data to make better decisions.

An Important New Tool in our Data Revolution

Logo for the Commerce Data Advisory CommitteeToday we have reached an important milestone in the data transformation movement with the naming of members to Commerce Department's new Data Advisory Council (CDAC).  The 19 leaders we have selected will help guide the Department in revolutionizing our approach toward data optimization and usability.

Data Snapshot: Which states are leading the way in manufacturing and which pay the most?

Just over one week ago, the U.S. Census Bureau's Economic Census staff released new manufacturing statistics for more than 350 manufacturing industries at the state and local level. California led the way with number of establishments (38,741) and employees (1.2 million) -- and was second only to Texas in the value of shipments from manufacturing establishments ($512.3 billion). 

Highlights of U.S. Economic Growth in 2014

Photo of Under Secretary Mark Doms on a conference call.Today, I joined Standard and Poor's Chief Economist Beth Ann Bovino to discuss this morning's 2014 Q4 GDP Advance Estimate, which came in at 2.6%. Business Forward hosted the call with a live national audience of more than 150 business leaders and leading economic reporters from across the country.

Data Snapshot of the Week: Baby, It's Cold Outside

Figure 1. House Heating ChartWhat are the coldest locations in the United States, and what heating sources do residents in those chilly climes rely upon to warm up their homes?

Data Snapshot: How Much Do Small- and Medium-sized Businesses Contribute to U.S. Exports?

In his State of the Union address, President Obama said that “21st century businesses, including small businesses, need to sell more American products overseas. Today, our businesses export more than ever, and exporters tend to pay their workers higher wages…”

2015 Promises More Data from BEA on Foreign Investment in the United States

Are you looking for statistics on new investment by foreign companies in the United States? The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has you covered. New statistics slated to be unveiled later this year will provide information on things like when a foreign company launches a new business in this country or expands an existing one by building a new plant.

How Much Competition Exists Among ISPs

A new report out today from the U.S. Commerce Department's Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA), asks: how many Internet service providers (ISPs) are available to consumers at different levels of download speeds? 

Challenging Mission, Strong Team

Our country – the public, businesses, NGOs, non-profits, academic institutions and governments at all levels – relies on the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic & Statistics Administration (ESA) to provide timely, relevant, and high-quality data about our population and economy so they can make better decisions. This is no easy task given the sheer magnitude of our nation – we have over 7 million employer- businesses, 320 million people, a Gross Domestic Product of over $17 trillion, and trillions of dollars in international trade.

BEA Operational Improvements Enable Agency to Publish More Regional Economic Statistics

Operational improvements at the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) mean the public will soon get to see more regional economic data. These improvements will safeguard businesses’ private information, while ensuring vital regional data is available to policy makers and other data users. BEA is constantly looking at ways to better provide the information that users need while protecting the confidentiality of employers’ records.


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