U.S. Department of Commerce
|Department of Commerce|
|Annual budget:||$7.9 billion (2013)|
|Total employed:||47,000 (2013)|
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. The Department's operating budget for fiscal year 2013 was $7.9 billion.
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." The Department of Labor was formed as an independent department in 1913, leaving the Department of Commerce as a separate entity.
The Department of Commerce website states the mission:
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|“||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.||”|
The current Secretary of Commerce is Penny Pritzker.
|Secretaries of Commerce Full History|
|Secretary of Commerce||Years in office||Nominated by||Confirmation vote|
|William C. Redfield||1913-1919||Woodrow Wilson||N/A|
|Joshua W. Alexander||1919-1921||Woodrow Wilson||N/A|
|Herbert Hoover||1921-1928||Warren G. Harding||N/A|
|William F. Whiting||1928-1929||Calvin Coolidge||N/A|
|Robert P. Lamont||1929-1932||Herbert Hoover||N/A|
|Roy D. Chapin||1932-1933||Herbert Hoover||N/A|
|Daniel C. Roper||1933-1938||Franklin D. Roosevelt||N/A|
|Harry Hopkins||1938-1940||Franklin D. Roosevelt||58-27|
|Jesse H. Jones||1940-1945||Franklin D. Roosevelt||N/A|
|Henry A. Wallace||1945-1946||Franklin D. Roosevelt||56-32|
|W. Averell Harriman||1946-1948||Harry Truman||N/A|
|Charles W. Sawyer||1948-1953||Harry Truman||N/A|
|Sinclair Weeks||1953-1958||Dwight Eisenhower||N/A|
|Frederick H. Mueller||1959-1961||Dwight Eisenhower||N/A|
|Luther H. Hodges||1961-1965||John F. Kennedy||N/A|
|John T. Connor||1965-1967||Lyndon B. Johnson||N/A|
|Alexander Trowbridge||1967-1968||Lyndon B. Johnson||N/A|
|C.R. Smith||1968-1969||Lyndon B. Johnson||N/A|
|Maurice Stans||1969-1972||Richard Nixon||N/A|
|Peter Peterson||1972-1973||Richard Nixon||N/A|
|Frederick B. Dent||1973-1975||Gerald Ford||N/A|
|Rogers Morton||1975-1976||Gerald Ford||N/A|
|Elliot Richardson||1976-1977||Gerald Ford||N/A|
|Juanita M. Kreps||1977-1979||Jimmy Carter||N/A|
|Philip Klutznick||1980-1981||Jimmy Carter||74-0|
|Malcolm Baldrige, Jr.||1981-1987||Ronald Reagan||97-1|
|William Verity, Jr.||1987-1989||Ronald Reagan||84-11|
|Robert Mosbacher||1989-1992||George H.W. Bush||100-0|
|Barbara Franklin||1992-1993||George H.W. Bush||N/A|
|Ron Brown||1993-1996||Bill Clinton||N/A|
|William M. Daley||1997-2000||Bill Clinton||95-2|
|Norman Mineta||2000-2001||Bill Clinton||N/A|
|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.
|U.S. Department of Commerce Annual Budget|
|Year||Budget (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.
The sequestration in 2013 resulted in the Department did not need to furlough any employees but did cut spending on conferences and travel.
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- Official Department of Commerce website
- Department of Commerce blog
- Official Facebook page
- Official Twitter page
- Official Youtube channel
- Official Flickr account
- Official Google+ page
- Official LinkedIn page
- Washington Post, "Department of Commerce," accessed October 1, 2013
- Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, "Commerce Department," accessed October 1, 2013
- U.S. Department of Commerce, "Budget in Brief, Fiscal Year 2013," accessed October 1, 2013
- U.S. Department of Commerce (archived), "Milestones," accessed October 1, 2013
- U.S. Department of Commerce, "About the Commerce Department," accessed October 1, 2013
- U.S. Department of Commerce, "Office of the Secretary," October 1, 2013
- U.S. Department of Commerce, "Office of Budget," accessed January 31, 2014
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- Washington Post, "Tracking the sequester impacts," October 1, 2013