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To create the conditions for economic growth and opportunity.
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.
To access additional agency performance documents visit the agency’s website.
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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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.
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.
Radically advanced detection of harmful algal bloom toxins to ensure the delivery of safe drinking water in Lake Erie and access to safe seafood in Washington State. This team’s cutting-edge technology advances the economic and public health in U.S. coastal communities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Created the newest system for detecting a tsunami, allowing more time to alert potentially impacting citizens.
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.
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.
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.
Created a program to monitor the existence and health of shellfish along the northwest which prevents recalls for shellfish.
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.
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.
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.