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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo to Chair Council for Inclusive Innovation
In a letter to Council members this week, United States Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced her new role as Chair of the re-branded Council for Inclusive Innovation (CI2). With representatives from industry, academia, non-profit, and government, CI2 will assist the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in developing a comprehensive national strategy to build a more diverse and inclusive innovation ecosystem.
Secretary Raimondo Statement on Extension of Conditional Sailing Order for Cruises
Recently, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo issued the following statement in response to new guidance from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the extension of the Conditional Sail Order (CSO) governing cruise travel that will now expire on January 15, 2022.
Secretary Raimondo Appoints 11 Leaders to FirstNet Board, Names New Board Chair
Recently, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced the appointment of 11 leaders in public safety, technology and finance to serve on the Board of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority). Secretary Raimondo also named Stephen Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina, as the FirstNet Authority’s new Board Chair.
Secretary Raimondo Statement on Release of International Travel Rules
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo recently issued the following statement upon release of new guidance reopening borders for fully-vaccinated international air travelers and land travelers from Mexico and Canada beginning November 8.
“The United States is open for business with all the promise and potential America has to offer. We now invite the global community to visit, whether to visit our beautiful and diverse country or to conduct business in the land of opportunity,” said Secretary Raimondo. “To everyone in the travel and tourism industry, the Department recognizes and thanks you for your resilience and engagement throughout the pandemic. As we continue to make important progress in our nation’s fight against COVID-19, the Department will continue to be your advocate — together we will build back better.”
Secretary Raimondo Applauds White House Release of National Strategy Gender Equity, Reaffirms Commerce Department’s Commitment to Promoting Gender Equity
Last week, President Biden released the first-ever U.S. National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality, produced by the White House Gender Policy Council. It offers a roadmap to achieve the vision of a country and a world where every person has equal access to opportunities; where the safety and security of people of every gender is guaranteed; and where everyone is treated fairly at home and in their schools, workplaces, and communities.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo Announces First Awards Distributed Under Economic Development Administration’s American Rescue Plan Programs
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo is pleased to announce that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has begun awarding its historic $3 billion in American Rescue Plan funds to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to build back better by accelerating the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and building local economies that will be resilient to future economic shocks.
Commerce Tightens Export Controls on Items Used in Surveillance of Private Citizens and other Malicious Cyber Activities
The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has released an interim final rule, establishing controls on the export, reexport, or transfer (in-country) of certain items that can be used for malicious cyber activities. The rule also creates a new License Exception Authorized Cybersecurity Exports (ACE) and requests public comments on the projected impact of the proposed controls on U.S. industry and the cybersecurity community.