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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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Published by: Peggy Satterfield on Feb 17, 2012
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Funding Highlights:
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.
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.
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.
Increases resources or the U.S. Patent and Trademark Oce, which will continue on its pathto accelerate patent processing and improve patent quality.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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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