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Department of Commerce

2018-2019 Agency Priority Goals

Accelerate Patent Processing

Goal Leader: Drew Hirshfeld, Commissioner for Patents

Goal Statement: By September 30, 2019, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will reduce patent pendency to less than 15 months for first action pendency and less than 24 months for total pendency from end of fiscal year 2017 results of 16.3 months and 24.2 months, respectively.

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Mitigate Flood Impacts by Demonstrating Improved Decision Support Services to Emergency Managers

Goal Leader: Dr. Neil Jacobs, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction, performing the duties of Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere

Goal Statement: By September 30, 2019, NOAA National Weather Service will improve decision support services by demonstrating a new flood inundation mapping capability serving 25 million people (i.e., 8 percent of the U.S. continental population) residing in flood-vulnerable freshwater basins and delivering an enhanced excessive rainfall outlook product that extends the lead time of high risk predictions from two to three days.

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Prepare to Conduct a Complete and Accurate 2020 Decennial Census

Goal Leader: Albert E. Fontenot, Jr., Associate Director for Decennial Census Programs, Commerce and General Government

Goal Statement: The U.S. Census Bureau will prepare to conduct a complete and accurate 2020 Decennial Census U.S. population count by conducting the 2018 End-to-End Census Test and analyzing and incorporating the results, initiating In-Field Address Canvassing by September 30, 2019, and designing for optimal self-response with a nationwide target of 60.5% in 2020.1

1The goal statement has been updated from its original publication to use language that is more precise and better characterizes the results that will be achieved.

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Remove Foreign Trade Barriers

Goal Leaders: Jeffrey Kessler, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement & Compliance, Office of the Under Secretary for International Trade, Ian Steff, Assistant Secretary for Global Markets and Director General of the U.S. Foreign & Commercial Service, Office of the Under Secretary for International Trade, and James Sullivan, Assistant Secretary for Industry & Analysis, Office of the Under Secretary for International Trade

Goal Statement: The International Trade Administration (ITA) will facilitate fair competition in international trade for U.S. firms and workers by improving the number of trade barriers reduced, removed, or prevented by 10 percent annually in fiscal years 2018 and 2019.

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