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U.S. Department of Commerce

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Department of Commerce
Secretary:Penny Pritzker
Annual budget:$7.9 billion (2013)
Total employed:47,000 (2013)
Year created:1903
Official website:


Executive Departments of the United States

Executive Departments
Department of DefenseDepartment of StateDepartment of Homeland SecurityDepartment of JusticeDepartment of CommerceDepartment of EducationDepartment of the TreasuryDepartment of AgricultureDepartment of EnergyDepartment of LaborDepartment of TransportationDepartment of the InteriorDepartment of Health and Human ServicesDepartment of Veterans AffairsDepartment of Housing and Urban Development

Department Secretaries
Ashton CarterJohn KerryJeh JohnsonEric HolderPenny PritzkerArne DuncanJack LewTom VilsackErnest MonizTom PerezAnthony FoxxSally JewellSylvia Mathews BurwellRobert McDonaldJulian Castro
The Department of Commerce is a United States executive department established in 1903. The department was formed to promote trade and economic stability.[1] The current Secretary of Commerce is Penny Pritzker.

The department employs 47,000 employees in major divisions such as the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), the Census Bureau, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Patent and Trademark Office.[2][1] The department's operating budget for fiscal year 2013 was $7.9 billion.[3]


The Department of Commerce and Labor was formed based on the Commerce Clause in the U.S. Constitution. The clause states Congress has the power "To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes."[1] The Department of Labor was formed as an independent department in 1913, leaving the Department of Commerce as a separate entity.[4]



The Department of Commerce website states the mission:

The U.S. Department of Commerce promotes job creation, economic growth, sustainable development and improved standards of living for all Americans by working in partnership with businesses, universities, communities and our nation’s workers.[5]

—Commerce Department, [6]


The current secretary of commerce is Penny Pritzker.

Recent Secretaries of Commerce
Secretary of Commerce Years in office Nominated by Confirmation vote
Donald Evans 2001-2005 George W. Bush N/A
Carlos Gutierrez 2005-2009 George W. Bush N/A
Gary Locke 2009-2011 Barack Obama N/A
John Bryson 2011-2012 Barack Obama 74-26
Penny Pritzker 2013-Present Barack Obama 97-1

Note: Votes marked "N/A" represent voice votes or unrecorded votes.


Office of the Secretary of Commerce

The secretary is charged with advising the president on commercial and trade policy. The secretary also oversees the operations of the Commerce Department.[7]

Organizational chart




Obama administration


U.S. Department of Commerce[8] Annual Budget
YearBudget (in billions)% Difference from previous year
  • Note: 2014 only represents the department's budget request, not an enacted budget.


The Best Places to work in the Federal Government is a website that tracks workforce trends in federal agencies. According to their analysis, from 2005-2011, the Department of Commerce has lost an average of 365 jobs per year.[9]


The sequestration in 2013 resulted in the department not needing to furlough any employees, but it did cut spending on conferences and travel.[10]

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