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Information Technology Overview


IT Budget History

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
$1,259 $1,325 $1,506 $1,571 $1,673 $3,788 $1,789 $6,564 $2,360 $2,474 $2,449 $2,506

According to its Strategic Information Technology Plan for 2007-2011, the Commerce Department has established three strategic goals and a management integration goal. Each strategic goal involves activities that touch American lives every day. These strategic goals and the general objectives underlying each of them are stated as:

Goal 1: Provide the information and tools to maximize U.S. competitiveness and enable economic growth for American industries, workers, and consumers. The objectives of this strategic goal are to enhance economic growth by developing partnerships with private sector and nongovernmental organizations, to advance responsible economic growth and trade while protecting American security, and to enhance the supply of key economic and demographic data to support effective decision making by various DOC stakeholders.

Goal 2: Foster science and technological leadership by protecting intellectual property, enhancing technical standards, and advancing measurement science. Underlying this strategic goal are the general objectives of developing tools and capabilities that improve the productivity, quality, dissemination, and efficiency of research; the protection of intellectual property and improvement of the patent and trademark system; and the advancement of the development of global e-commerce and enhanced telecommunications and information services.

Goal 3: Observe, protect, and manage the Earth’s resources to promote environment stewardship. The objectives of this strategic goal are to advance understanding and predict changes in the Earth’s environment, and to meet America’s economic, social, and environmental needs through enhanced conservation and management of coastal and marine resources.

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Current Climate

Leading Projects at Commerce - 2007
Department of Commerce Consolidated IT Infrastructure
Census - Decennial 2010 Systems Design, Integration, Testing and Evaluation
Census - MAF/TIGER Enhancements
USPTO Patent Automation System

Top Spending Departments - 2007
Bureau of the Census
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
US Patent and Trademark Office
National Institute of Standards and Technology
International Trade Administration

Leading Contract Winners at Commerce
QSS Group - Services
TR Systems Inc. - Services
Raytheon Co. - Services
Computer Sciences Corp. - Services
IBM Corp. - Products & Services

Note that spending for the Commerce Department was high in 2010 because of extra spending related to the banking crisis that year.

Numbers = $millions. (Data from the Office of Management and Budget)

Note on 2007 & 2008: Most civilian agencies other that the Homeland Security Department have not had a full budget approved since FY2006. A continuing resolution keep agency spending near 2006 levels.

Departments With Public IT Budgets

eGovernment Act Report for this Agency

Read the Commerce Department's EGov report for 2006.

Enterprise Architecture for this Agency

Read the Commerce Department Information Technology Architecture Elements Guidance List


  • From the National Telecommunications and Information Administration NTIA News

Most Common Procurement Methods

Review the Full Agency Strategic Plan to understand DOC needs.


Advice for This Government Market Space

Related Links

Federal Register - Commerce
NOAA Earth System Monitor News

Agency Profile

U.S. Department of Commerce
1401 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20230

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To foster, promote, and develop the foreign and domestic commerce” and the Nation’s economic development and technological advancement.

  • Participate with other Government agencies in the creation of national policy, through the President’s Cabinet and its subdivisions.
  • Promote and assist international trade.
  • Strengthen the international economic position of the United States.
  • Promote progressive domestic business policies and growth.
  • Improve comprehension and uses of the physical environment and its oceanic life.
  • Ensure effective use and growth of the Nation’s scientific and technical resources.
  • Acquire analyze, and disseminate information regarding the Nation and the economy to help achieve increased social and economic benefit.
  • Assist states, communities, and individuals with economic progress.

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