Strategic Plan


Strategic Business Unit

U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC)

Plan Details

Plan period: from 01/01/2018  to 30/12/2022

Plan submitted by:

Owen Ambur




... the American Economy Grows.


To create the conditions for economic growth and opportunity


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Goal Statement: Accelerate American Leadership

The United States leads the world in research, invention, and innovation. To strengthen our leadership, we are supporting the growth of commercial space activities, investing in foundational research, and protecting intellectual property (IP) to ensure creators can be rewarded for their inventions. The ripple effect of developing and commercializing space and emerging technologies will help ensure American leadership and prosperity for decades to come.


  • Quantum Computing
  • Space
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Protection
  • Manufacturing Base
  • Spectrum Availability
  • Companies
  • Innovation
  • AI
  • Measurements & Standards
  • Patents & Trademarks
  • Office of Space Commerce
  • National Space Council
  • Spectrum Sharing
  • IP


Goal Statement: Enhance Job Creation

Job creation is fundamental to our mission. American workers thrive when they are free to develop our abundant natural resources, leverage broadband, use secure digital technology, and are not burdened by excessive regulations. We create these conditions and facilitate job creation through increased exports and foreign direct investment (FDI). Exports and FDI are proven job generators. Exported goods and services supported 10.7 million well-paying U.S. jobs in 2016. In 2015, majority-owned U.S. affiliates of foreign companies directly employed 6.8 million Americans. Our work also facilitates community efforts to attract investment and use the internet to create economic opportunity.


  • Roreign Procurements
  • Commerce & Industry
  • Data
  • Exports
  • Connections
  • Assistance
  • Investment
  • Permits
  • Coordination
  • Encryption
  • Research
  • Advocacy
  • Timelines
  • Industrial Base
  • Regulations
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Broadband, Digital Commerce & Internet Governance
  • Actions & Policies
  • Aquaculture
  • Permitting
  • Burden Reduction
  • Fisheries
  • Exporting

Economic & National Security

Goal Statement: Strengthen U.S. Economic and National Security

Economic security is national security. America is safer when important technology and essential products are produced domestically. Today, our nation’s economic prosperity and security are challenged by competitors and adversaries that engage in illegal trade practices, steal intellectual property (IP), and engage in cybercrime. Extreme weather, such as the six Category 4 or higher hurricanes experienced in the United States during 2017, also challenges economic security. We operate on multiple fronts to protect Americans and the U.S. economy. We enforce compliance with trade laws, provide cybersecurity tools to thwart cybercrime, share accurate weather information, and are deploying a first-responder broadband network that will protect lives and property.


  • Modeling
  • IP
  • Trade & Security
  • Sensitive Technology
  • Partnerships
  • Foreign Investment
  • Network
  • Unfair Trade
  • Data
  • Cybersecurity
  • Best Practices
  • Weather Impacts
  • Public Safety Broadband
  • Policy
  • Trade Agreements
  • Forecasts, Warnings & Communications
  • Standards & Best Practices

Constitution & Economy

Goal Statement: Fulfill Constitutional Requirements and Support Economic Activity

"We the People" is America's source of strength. As mandated in Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, every 10 years, we conduct a nationwide count of every person living in the United States. Data from the next census in 2020 will be used to allocate seats in the U.S. House of Representatives among the states. The demographic and housing data from the 2020 Census will also help the federal, state, local, and tribal governments make better decisions about how they spend taxpayer money. These data sets, along with others developed by the Department, support research by the private sector and academic institutions, and inform critical business decisions across all sectors of the economy.


  • Methods & Technologies
  • Economic Data
  • Census
  • Products & Services
  • Community Survey
  • National Economy


Goal Statement: Deliver Customer-Centric Service Excellence

We cannot meet our performance targets in Strategic Goals 1 through 4 without quality, timely human resources, information technology (IT), and acquisition services. Success also requires a workforce that is passionate about delivering value to the American public. Federal agencies have been mandated to increase the cost-effectiveness of services and improve human capital management. We are responding with strategies to improve service and efficiency, and engage employees by better aligning their time and efforts to the Department’s priorities.


  • Human Capital
  • Customer Experience
  • Consolidation
  • Talent Management
  • Enterprise Services
  • Consolidation & Modernization
  • Employee Engagement
  • IT
  • Strategic Sourcing

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