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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo Highlights Key 2021 Departmental Accomplishments
Last week, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo issued the following statement highlighting key accomplishments at the Department of Commerce since the Biden-Harris administration took office on January 20, 2021. The U.S. Department of Commerce also released a fact sheet highlighting detailed accomplishments from each of the Bureaus.
Commerce Awards $4.2 Million to Expand Broadband for Tribal Communities in Arizona, Colorado, Wisconsin
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo recently announced that the Department will be awarding $4.2 million to Tribal communities in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, and Wisconsin in order for them to build broadband infrastructure and increase connectivity on Tribal lands.
Sneezes, Rain Clouds and Ink Jets: NIST Improves the Ability of Optical Microscopes to Measure the Volume of Microdroplets
Sneezes, rain clouds, and ink jet printers: They all produce or contain liquid droplets so tiny it would take several billion of them to fill a liter bottle. Measuring the volume, motion and contents of microscopic droplets is important for studying how airborne viruses spread (including those that cause COVID-19), how clouds reflect sunlight to cool the Earth, how ink jet printers create finely detailed patterns, and even how a soda bottle fragments into nanoscale plastic particles that pollute the oceans.
Commerce Acts to Deter Misuse of Biotechnology, Other U.S. Technologies by the People’s Republic of China to Support Surveillance and Military Modernization that Threaten National Security
The U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) took action to address the ongoing threats to U.S. national security and foreign policy presented by the People’s Republic of China (PRC)’s efforts to develop and deploy biotechnology and other technologies for military applications and human rights abuses. BIS is also taking action against entities operating in the PRC, Georgia, Malaysia, and Turkey for diverting or attempting to divert U.S. items to Iran’s military programs.
Commerce Adds Export Controls on Cambodia to Address Corruption, Human Rights Abuses, and Regional Security Concerns
The Department of Commerce announced new restrictions to address human rights abuses and corruption by Cambodian government actors, including the military, as well as the growing influence of the People’s Republic of China’s military in Cambodia. Commerce has placed new restrictions, including end-use and end-user restrictions, on exports and reexports to Cambodia, and in-country transfers within Cambodia, of sensitive items subject to the Export Administration Regulations.
Registration Open for SelectUSA Investment Summit Taking Place in June at National Harbor
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced today registration is open for SelectUSA’s Annual Investment Summit, which will take place June 26-29, 2022, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. The SelectUSA Investment Summit is the largest event dedicated to promoting foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States.
Department of Commerce Establishes Industrial Advisory Committee for Microelectronics
The U.S. Commerce Department has established a high-level committee to advise the United States government on matters related to microelectronics research, development, manufacturing and policy and is now seeking to recruit top-level candidates to serve on the committee.