DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Invests in regional economic competitiveness by providing $220 million to the EconomicDevelopment Administration to support innovative planning, capacity building, and capitalprojects.
Sustains critical economic and household data collection activities, such as the 2012 EconomicCensus and the American Community Survey, to inorm 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 inormation. While thereare tight constraints on discretionary spending,the President’s 2013 Budget supports coreunctions in these areas by providing $8 billionor Commerce programs. This represents anincrease o approximately $380 million rom the2012 level. Specifcally, strong support is providedor critical satellite programs and public saetycommunications as well as trade promotionand enorcement. At the same time, to ree upresources, reductions are made to administrativecosts and grant programs that overlap withunding 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 manuacturing to nanotechnology andcybersecurity. The Budget includes $21 millionor a new Advanced Manuacturing TechnologyConsortia program, a public-private partnershipthat will support road maps and research toaddress common manuacturing challengesaced by private sector businesses. The Budgetalso proposes to provide the U.S. Patent andTrademark Ofce (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 eortsto 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 eorts in key, growing mar-kets abroad, strengthen trade enorcement, 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