Thursday, April 09, 2015

New Design for Commerce.gov

Commerce.gov has a newly-designed website intended to increase usability. "That's great!" you might be thinking, "but what on earth is Commerce.gov?" The answer, "It's the website for the Department of Commerce," may still leave you scratching your head a bit because what on earth does the Department of Commerce do?

"The mission of the Department is to create the conditions for economic growth and opportunity. As part of the Obama administration’s economic team, the Secretary of Commerce serves as the voice of U.S. business within the President’s Cabinet.  The Strategic Plan is how the Department maintains its focus on achieving its Open for Business Agenda."

And so...?

Well, the Department was established in 1903 with the goal of promoting economic growth, create jobs, and encourage sustainable development. From 1903-1913, the Department included commerce and labor until the Department of Labor was established in 1913.

The Department of Commerce has some of the most critical, diverse, data-based divisions in all the Executive Branch, including the following:

  • Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)
  • Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) [Twitter: @ESAstats]
  • Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) [Twitter: @BEA_News]
  • Census Bureau [Twitter: @uscensusbureau]
  • Economic Development Administration (EDA) [Twitter: @US_EDA]
  • International Trade Administration (ITA) [Twitter: @ESAstats]
  • Minority Business Development Administration (MBDA) [Twitter: @USMBDA]
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) [Twitter: @NOAA]
  • National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) [Twitter: @NTIAgov]
  • Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) [Twitter: @USPTO]
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) [Twitter: @usnistgov]
  • National Technical Information Service (NTIS) [Twitter: @NTISinfo]

  • My personal favorites on the list are the Census Bureau, the USPTO, and NOAA.

    So give the new site a try, and let your Department of Commerce know what you think!

    h/t: beSpacific