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Commerce Department Budget Proposal

Commerce Department Budget Proposal

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Published by Peggy Satterfield
Budget Year 2013
Budget Year 2013

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Funding Highlights:
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Provides $8 billion or Commerce programs through regular appropriations, an increase o 5percent, or approximately $380 million above the 2012 level. This refects continued strongsupport or key drivers o job creation, innovation, and the promotion o U.S. exports, as wellas investments in critical satellite programs. Reductions are made to administrative costs andgrant programs that overlap with activities unded elsewhere.
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Reduces administrative costs across bureaus to ocus unding on core missions, and makestough scal choices by reducing unding or public works and coastal habitat grants thatoverlap with other Federal programs.
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Enhances the competitiveness o U.S. manuacturers by providing $708 million or theNational Institute o Standards and Technology laboratories, $128 million in the HollingsManuacturing Extension Partnership, and $21 million or Advanced ManuacturingTechnology Consortia, to develop measurements, standards, and technologies to supportadvanced manuacturing, robotics, nanotechnology, and cybersecurity.
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Increases resources or the U.S. Patent and Trademark Oce, which will continue on its pathto accelerate patent processing and improve patent quality.
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Promotes U.S. exports and export-related jobs by providing $517 million or the InternationalTrade Administration, to better promote American exports in key markets abroad and improvetrade enorcement; and or SelectUSA, to strengthen eorts to attract investment capital to theUnited States.
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Provides over $5 billion or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an increaseo approximately $160 million, to support critical weather and climate satellite programsand the agency’s core responsibilities or environmental science and stewardship, includingimplementation o the National Ocean Policy.
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Provides over $10 billion o mandatory budget resources to help build an interoperablepublic saety broadband network that will strengthen economic growth and public saety,while benetting rom commercial innovation. These costs are ully oset by proceeds romauctioning spectrum that will be used to expand wireless broadband access and services.
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
 
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
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Invests in regional economic competitiveness by providing $220 million to the EconomicDevelopment Administration to support innovative planning, capacity building, and capitalprojects.
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Sustains critical economic and household data collection activities, such as the 2012 EconomicCensus and the American Community Survey, to inorm private and public sector decision-making.
The Department o Commerce has a widerange o missions in the areas o internationaltrade and domestic economic development;technology and innovation; demographic andeconomic statistics; and environmental science,stewardship and weather orecasting. As a group,these missions ocus on expanding the Americaneconomy and job creation as well as providingcritical environmental inormation. While thereare tight constraints on discretionary spending,the President’s 2013 Budget supports coreunctions in these areas by providing $8 billionor Commerce programs. This represents anincrease o approximately $380 million rom the2012 level. Specifcally, strong support is providedor critical satellite programs and public saetycommunications as well as trade promotionand enorcement. At the same time, to ree upresources, reductions are made to administrativecosts and grant programs that overlap withunding available elsewhere.
 Invests in America’s Long-Term Growthand Competitiveness
Enhances U.S. Competitiveness andFosters Innovation.
The Administrationproposes $708 million or National Institute o Standards and Technology (NIST) laboratoriesas part o the President’s Plan or Science andInnovation, $86 million above the 2012 enactedlevel. NIST’s work in developing measurementsand technologies supports U.S. industry’s ability toinnovate and develop new products. This undingwill accelerate advances in a variety o importantareas, ranging rom next-generation robotics andsmart manuacturing to nanotechnology andcybersecurity. The Budget includes $21 millionor a new Advanced Manuacturing TechnologyConsortia program, a public-private partnershipthat will support road maps and research toaddress common manuacturing challengesaced by private sector businesses. The Budgetalso proposes to provide the U.S. Patent andTrademark Ofce (USPTO) ull access to its eecollections, which will support a program levelo $2.95 billion or nearly $250 million more thanin 2012, while strengthening USPTO’s eortsto improve the speed and quality o patentexaminations.
Promotes American Exports.
The Presidenthas set the goal o doubling American exports bythe end o 2014. To that end, the Administrationproposes $517 million or the International Trade Administration (ITA) to continue to implementthe National Export Initiative, a broad Federalstrategy to increase U.S. exports and export relat-ed jobs. This unding will allow ITA ’s to increaseits export promotion eorts in key, growing mar-kets abroad, strengthen trade enorcement, andsupport the activities o SelectUSA, which helpsattract investment capital to the United Statesthat creates jobs.
Sustains Satellites Used for Weather Fore-casting and Climate Monitoring.
The Budgetprovides $1.8 billion to continue the developmentand acquisition o the National Oceanic and At-mospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) polar-or-biting and geostationary weather satellite sys-tems, as well as satellite-borne measurements o sea level and potentially damaging solar storms.These satellites are critical to NOAA’s ability to
 
THE BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2013
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provide accurate weather orecasts and warningsthat help to protect lives and property.
Prioritizes Science and StewardshipMissions.
The Budget provides an increaseor NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Serviceand targets spending on data collection andstock assessments. Overfshing and resultingrestrictions can be avoided with adequate stockassessments, and these unds will lead to moreaccurate data or our Nation’s fsheries. TheBudget will also improve the accuracy o regionalprojections o sea level rise and climate changeand accelerate the implementation o the NationalOcean Policy through multi-purpose integratedecosystem assessments.
Invests Spectrum Proceeds to Build aPublic Safety Broadband Network andIncrease Wireless Access.
As proposed inthe American Jobs Act, the Budget supports aNational Wireless Initiative that would provide$10 billion in total resources rom spectrumauction proceeds to help build an interoperablepublic saety broadband network. The initiativeincludes $7 billion in unding or developmentand construction o the network, and additionalspectrum valued at over $3 billion (the “Dblock” o spectrum in the 700 megahertz band)or public saety use. Within the $7 billion, upto $300 million will be provided or a WirelessInnovation Fund to develop technologies anda standards ramework or interoperable frstresponder communications. Building upon therecommendations o the National Commissionon Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, thiseort will enhance public saety by providing America’s frst responders modern and efcientcommunications capabilities while allowing thenetwork to beneft rom commercial innovation.The National Wireless Initiative also proposesto reallocate Federal agency and commercialspectrum bands to greatly increase wirelessbroadband access and innovation opportunitiesnationwide using auctions, and to authorizeuse o a spectrum license user ee or licensesnot allocated via auctions to promote efcientutilization o spectrum. Together, these proposalsare expected to reduce the defcit by $21 billionover the next 10 years.
Enhances Regional Economic Competi-tiveness.
The Budget provides $220 million, areduction o $38 million rom the 2012 enactedlevel, to the Economic Development Adminis-tration (EDA). The Budget supports economicdevelopment planning and projects that catalyzeentrepreneurship and innovation at the regionalscale, but conserves resources by trimming theamount requested or traditional public worksprojects, which are oten unded using tax-reebonds or other Federal programs.
Sustains Statistical Programs and CoreData Products.
Commerce provides policymak-ers, businesses, and the public critical economicand household data to inorm decision-making.The Budget proposes $970 million or the Cen-sus Bureau to implement activities including the2012 Economic Census data collection; conductthe American Community Survey; and analyzethe integrity o the 2010 Decennial Census andresearch improvements or the 2020 Census.Funding or the Bureau o Economic Analysissupports reliable and timely economic data,including Gross Domestic Product estimatesthat are among America’s most closely-watchedeconomic indicators.
Reforms the U.S. Export Control System.
 The Budget provides the Bureau o Industry andSecurity with $102 million to sustain export li-censing and enorcement activities, including$6 million to meet its increased responsibilitiesunder the Administration’s Export Control Re-orm Initiative. Continued progress o the ReormInitiative will advance our national security andeconomic competitiveness by better ocusing U.S.controls on transactions to destinations or endusers o concern while acilitating secure tradeor controlled items with U.S. allies and closepartners.

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