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Agency Plans and Reports

Mission

To create the conditions for economic growth and opportunity.

Overview

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. 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, we provide U.S.-based companies and entrepreneurs invaluable tools through programs such as the Decennial Census, the National Weather Service, NOAA Fisheries, and the Foreign Commercial Service. Among many other functions, the Department oversees ocean and coastal navigation, helps negotiate bilateral trade agreements, and enforces laws that ensure a level playing field for American businesses and workers.

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Gears of Government Awards Hall of Winners

The Gears of Government Awards recognize individuals and teams across the Federal workforce whose dedication supports exceptional delivery of key outcomes for the American people, specifically around mission results, customer service, and accountable stewardship.

Department of Commerce award winners are listed below.


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  • Christopher Blaha
  • Jeffrey Eversman
  • Cora Dickson
  • Jim Rice
  • Mark Ross

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Developed and evaluated trade remedy options for solar panels and washing machines to allow the government to take remedial action against imports damaging domestic industry. By running over 80 simulations to estimate impacts, their work resulted in recommended options accepted and announced by the President.

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Department of Commerce

  • Stephen Copps
  • Daniel Tonnes

Department of Commerce

Created partnerships with a range of minority-serving organizations to expose students to STEM fields and begin to build a pipeline of talent for NOAA.

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Frank Giaretto

Department of Commerce


Frank Giaretto

Led an operation that dismantled and brought to justice an international syndicate that illegally trafficked marine mammal ivory and black coral. Special Agent Giaretto’s work has had a deterrent effect on wildlife trafficking in the Hawaiian Islands and across the Pacific.

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Department of Commerce

  • Philip Johnson
  • Joseph Cristofaro
  • Adam Roth
  • Markita Phillips
  • Daniel Maloney

Department of Commerce

Enhanced national security by using strategic partnerships and advanced analytics to prevent the diversion of US goods and technology to weapons of mass destruction and sanctioned programs.

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  • R. Joseph Kline
  • Daniel Sunday
  • Donald Windover

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Developed and deployed a new dimensional metrology method to solve a critical challenge for the semiconductor industry. The new method, Critical Dimension Small Angle X-ray Scattering (CD-SAXS), has been actively adopted across the industry for next-generation device manufacturing.

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Kirk Liang

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Kirk Liang

Promoted innovation and increased competition in the specialized satellite communications industry through the transfer of NOAA technology to a small business. Mr. Liang managed the complex effort and stayed within budget and on schedule.

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  • John Lehman
  • Michelle Stephens
  • Nathan Tomlin
  • Igor Vayshenker
  • Christopher Yung

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Established the first primary standard to measure optical fiber-based laser power by exploiting the team’s innovative coatings, which are the most light-absorbing, or blackest, material ever made. The team’s innovation will enhance telecommunications, sensing, defense, and the development of future quantum networks.

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  • Christian Meinig
  • Scott Stalin
  • Dirk Tagawa
  • Nicholas Delich

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Created the newest system for detecting a tsunami, allowing more time to alert potentially impacting citizens.

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  • Adam Pintar
  • Emil Simiu
  • Marc Levitan

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Developed new maps of wind speeds for the U.S. Their work greatly improved the science-basis of the national standard for the design of buildings and other structures for wind loads, enabling safe and more economical designs for buildings and infrastructure.

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  • Chris Rasmussen
  • Anne Flatness

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Analyzed U.S.-Produced Value in U.S. Imports from NAFTA. Their dedication, expertise, and skill in data collection and manipulation provided the analytical basis for the U.S. position in the NAFTA Rules-of-Origin negotiations.

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Scott Jackson

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Scott Jackson

Ensured communications and interoperability between disparate first responders during the 2017 hurricane season. Scott’s efforts during his deployments to Texas and Puerto Rico optimized the partnerships between federal and Texas and Puerto Rico Public Safety entities to serve Americans affected by the hurricanes.

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Shachak Pe’eri

Department of Commerce


Shachak Pe’eri

Transformed education and training opportunities for cartographers in the Marine Chart Division through the creation of an internationally-recognized geographic information systems (GIS) training curriculum. Mr. Pe’eri’s work has helped to establish NOAA as a leader in the GIS community.

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  • Vera Trainer
  • Nicolaus Adams
  • Brian Bill
  • Brendan Sylvander

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Created a program to monitor the existence and health of shellfish along the northwest which prevents recalls for shellfish.

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  • Michael Thieme
  • Jaya Damineni
  • Danielle Ringstrom
  • Van Hoad

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Execute statistical models that use data from a variety of data sources and make survey and census data collection efficient and effective. The team’s work will allow workload improvements for hundreds of thousands of 2020 Census field personnel with significant cost savings.

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Thomas Perkins

Department of Commerce


Thomas Perkins

Created the world’s best atomic force microscope tailored to biological measurements. Dr. Perkins’ technologies and results are improving drug design and advancing biomedical research on cancer and brain diseases.

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Tracy Levstik

Department of Commerce


Tracy Levstik

Strengthened NOAA's flagship leadership development program, and has seen a 37% increase in the number of participants being promoted to the SES or GS-15 levels.

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