US Department of Commerce: Cybersecurity Olympic Edition
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
week, Secretary Pritzker joined President Obama at the White House to unveil
the Cybersecurity Framework. This public-private collaboration headed by NIST
will provide standards to help businesses protect their cyber infrastructure.
We also heard from three companies who accompanied Secretary Pritzker on her
trade mission to Mexico last week. They made important business connections,
but they all also highlighted the professionalism and value of Commerce staff
in making the trip so valuable to them. Around Commerce, USPTO has a great blog
post on black women inventors; Census shares some great factoids about
Valentine’s Day; and NOAA notes that the Winter Olympics are taking place in a
very warm Sochi, Russia. On a final note, for those of you in the Washington DC
will host a free open house this Saturday for the public in Silver Spring,
Maryland with a variety of free activities, including interactive exhibits,
special tours, and hands-on activities for ages 5 and up. -Bruce
Secretary Penny Pritzker Participates in Cybersecurity Framework Launch -
Secretary Pritzker participated in the launch of the Framework for Improving
Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity during an event at the White House. The
Cybersecurity Framework, called for in a 2013 Executive Order, was created
through public-private collaboration and provides a voluntary and
non-regulatory set of standards, guidelines, and practices to help businesses
address and manage cyber risk in a cost-effective way.
of Commerce Penny Pritzker Concludes Her First Trade Mission in Mexico – A
summary of last week’s successful trade mission, which included visits to
Mexico City and Monterrey, that provided the 17-company business delegation
with opportunities to establish relationships that will help promote their
technologies and services in Mexico’s rapidly expanding infrastructure sector
to support job creation in both countries. The mission also allowed Secretary
Pritzker to focus on two of her main priorities as Commerce Secretary – helping
U.S. businesses export goods and services and encouraging investment in the
Electronics Travels with U.S. Secretary of Commerce to Mexico for First Trade
Mission - Guest blog post by Richard Brent, CEO of Louroe Electronics about
how Louroe was about to successfully identify five new pilot projects that will
focus on improving public safety throughout Mexico City and Monterrey. This is
great news as the pilot programs will require an increase in current staffing
by approximately 10 percent, ultimately creating more jobs.
Johnson: Participation in Mexico Trade Mission was a Positive Experience -
A guest blog post by Mr. Rudy Torres, Director of International Business for
all Government Public Safety Radio Communication for EF Johnson Technologies
about how his involvement in the trade mission enabled EF Johnson to further
develop existing relationships and to establish new ones as they continue to
expand their business in Mexico.
Vision for Mexico’s Future - A guest blog post by Anne Altman, general
manager of IBM US Federal Government and Industries, and Dan Pelino, general
manager of IBM's public sector business describing the value of their
participation in the Mexico Trade Mission with Secretary Pritzker.
Bureau Releases Valentine’s Day-Related Facts and Statistics - As we
celebrate Valentine’s Day today, the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Census
Bureau released Valentine’s Day-related facts and statistics.
Finance Seminar: A Must Attend Seminar to Learn How to Access Capital and
Financing for Exports - The U.S. Department of Commerce is partnering with
a number of local organizations and federal agencies in offering The Global
Connect: Arizona Trade Finance Seminar at the Thunderbird School of Global
Management on February 21 in Glendale, AZ. This seminar will be available in
person and via teleconference, covering a series of important export finance
History’s Black Women Inventors - Martha Jones of Amelia County, VA., might
have become the first black woman to receive a United States patent. Her
application for an "Improvement to the Corn Husker, Sheller” was granted U.S.
patent No. 77,494 in 1868. Jones claimed her invention could husk, shell, cut
up, and separate husks from corn in one operation, representing a significant
step forward in the automation of agricultural processes. Five years later in
1873, Mary Jones De Leon of Baltimore was granted U.S. patent No. 140,253 for a
novel cooking apparatus. De Leon’s invention consisted of the construction and
arrangement of a device for heating food by dry heat and steam.
among the warmest Winter Olympics host cities - The 2014 Winter Olympics
are taking place from February 7-23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Sochi will be
among the warmest cities to have hosted a Winter Olympic Games, with overnight
low temperatures of 39°F (4°C) on average in February, and average daytime
highs of 50°F (10°C).
Launch Prize Competitions to Spur Economic Development Planning - Last
week, Greensboro, NC; Hartford, CT; and Las Vegas, NV launched economic
development competitions as part of the SC2 Visioning Challenge (SC2
Challenge). Created by the Commerce Department’s Economic Development
Administration, the SC2 Challenge selected the three cities to receive $1
million each to solicit innovative strategies that advance local economic
Older, But Sooner? - The age when Americans marry for the first time has
risen to its highest point since the 1950s. Although true, there is more to the
story. With life expectancy increasing, Americans today are actually marrying
sooner in their lifetime, despite marrying at older ages.
The Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) wrote that the earnings
of new hires in manufacturing show the wage benefits continue on their blog
Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) wrote about their rollout
of new economic statistics in 2014 on their blog this week.
2013 wholesale inventories were $517.9 billion, up 0.3 percent from the
revised November level and up 4.0 percent from December 2012. Sales were $442.4
billion, up 0.5 percent from the revised November level and up 5.8 percent from
December 2012. For 2013 overall, wholesale inventories increased 3.9 percent
from 2012. Sales rose 4.2 percent from 2012 to 2013.
estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for January, adjusted for
seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price
changes, were $427.8 billion, a decrease of 0.4 percent from the previous
month, but 2.6 percent above January 2013. Total sales for the November 2013
through January 2014 period were up 3.4 percent from the same period a year
ago. The November to December 2013 percent change was revised from +0.2 percent
to -0.1 percent. Retail trade sales were down 0.4 percent from December 2013,
but 2.6 percent above last year. Nonstore retailers were up 6.5 percent from
January 2013 and auto and other motor vehicle dealers were up 4.1 percent from
Commerce Data in the News: The Commerce Departments
state-level exporting statistics generated many articles, including Industry
10 Exporting States in 2013.
statistics from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and the National
Child Abuse and Neglect Data System, Reuters news agency writes that children
endure more abuse and neglect in counties with high poverty in "Kids
May Suffer in Gap Between Haves and Have-Nots.”
numerous statistics from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, Forbes
magazine identifies economic hot spots in the making by looking where
immigrants, young people or entrepreneurs are clustering in the article, "Future
Cities: Where the U.S. Youth Population is Booming.”
off sweet and fragrant statistics from the Census Bureau’s Annual Survey of
Manufacturers and County Business Patterns, United Press International feels
the love in "Valentine’s
Revelers Have More Than 15,000 Flower Shops to Choose From.”
Data Releases Next Week: New Residential
Construction: January (Census)
weekend, Acting NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan will participate in the
American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting in Chicago,
IL. Dr. Sullivan will moderate a panel on food security and sustainability that
will include NOAA NCDC Director Dr. Thomas Karl and Dr. Felix Kogan. Dr.
Sullivan will also take part in a panel on the Global Earth Observation Data
and the importance of making data public.
Monday, EDA Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regional Affairs, Tom Guevara, will
discuss the importance of public-private partnerships in creating vibrant
economic ecosystems and how EDA is helping to advance regional economic
development strategies as a participant on the "Government is Here to Help:
When Sectors Work Together” panel at the 2014 Global innovation Summit in San
Tuesday, NIST Director Pat Gallagher will deliver remarks at the Partnership
Intermediary Agreement Signing Ceremony in Annapolis, MD. The agreement
formalizes and furthers the commitment that the state, county, and NIST have
already demonstrated to increase collaboration with industry sectors and
technology providers through the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence.
Dr. Gallagher will be joined by Senator Mikulski and Governor O’Malley, in
addition to other local officials, organizations and national business leaders.
on Tuesday, ITA’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Global Markets John
Andersen will deliver remarks at the U.S.-Japan Decommissioning and Remediation
Fukushima Recovery Forum and participate in activities that will assist with
the promotion of U.S. firms for work associated with the decommissioning of the
Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant and the recovery of the area affected by
the accident at the Fukushima plant in 2011.
Friday, Secretary Pritzker will deliver remarks at the "State of the
Administration” speaker series, hosted by the Department of State. She will
discuss Commerce Department efforts to strengthen global commercial and
economic ties by supporting more opportunities for trade and investment.
on Friday, MBDA Acting National Director Alejandra Castillo will deliver
keynote remarks highlighting MBDA services at a trade finance seminar in
Glendale, Arizona. The seminar is designed for local small and medium sized
enterprises, especially Hispanic and Latino-owned businesses.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
is joined by U.S. Ambassador Wayne and Mexico's Secretary of Economy,
Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal during her trade mission to Mexico City and
Bonus Photo of the Week
Pritzker Instagrammed her "little
INFOGRAPHIC OF THE WEEK
Exports Set Records in 2013
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