Helping the American Economy Grow
I’m excited to present the US Department of Commerce’s 2018–2022 Strategic Plan. It sets out the priorities I’ve established for the department and informs the public about our important work.
The Department of Commerce has one overarching purpose: helping the American economy grow.
American workers and businesses operate in a rapidly changing and increasingly competitive world. To address these challenges, we have developed bold new strategies to accelerate and promote US economic growth and opportunity.
Knowing that innovation is a key driver of economic advancement, we are placing an increased emphasis on the commercial opportunities of space exploration and aquaculture while our scientists are conducting foundational research in areas ranging from artificial intelligence to quantum computing. Our patent professionals are also working to improve the protection of intellectual property so that creators can profit from their inventions.
US businesses must export more, and our workers deserve a level playing field. Enforcing our trade laws to ensure that trade is free, fair, and reciprocal is a top priority of the Department. We are also joining with all federal agencies in cutting red tape that drives up costs and puts American workers and businesses at a disadvantage.
To maintain America’s leadership in next-generation technologies, we are making important advances in data, cybersecurity, and encryption technology. Our economists and statisticians are improving Commerce data that American businesses and communities use to plan investments and identify growth opportunities. Every level of the department will be engaged to ensure that we conduct the most accurate, secure, and technologically-advanced decennial census in history.
Finally, teams across the department are working to keep Americans safe by predicting extreme weather events earlier and more accurately, preventing sensitive technology from getting in the hands of terrorists, rogue regimes, and strategic competitors, and deploying a nationwide public safety broadband network that allows better coordination among first responders.
Thank you to every employee at the department and to our industry and government partners for your dedication to our mission.
Wilbur Ross is the United States Secretary of Commerce.