U.S. Department of Commerce

14th & Constitution Avenue, N. W. , Washington, D. C. 20230

Telephone:  (202) 482-2000               E-mail: postmaster@doc.gov


This Department of Commerce (DOC) encourages, serves, and promotes the Nation’s international trade, economic growth, and technological advancement. The Department provides a wide variety of programs through the competitive free enterprise system. It offers assistance and information to increase America’s competitiveness in the World economy; administers programs to prevent unfair foreign trade competition; provides social and economic statistics and analyses for business and government planners; provides research and support for the increased use of scientific, engineering, and technological development; works to improve our understanding and benefits of the Earth’s physical environment and oceanic resources; grants patents and registers trademarks; develops policies and conducts research on telecommunications; provides assistance to promote domestic economic development; and assists in the growth of minority business.

The Department was designated as such by the act of March 4, 1913 (15 U.S. Code 1501), which reorganized the Department of Commerce and Labor, created by act of February 14, 1903 (15 U.S. Code 1501), by transferring all labor activities into a new, separate Department of Labor.

The following material was condensed and edited from the Department of Commerce Web site--with added content to further inform visitors to the Federal Gateway site.

More Detailed Information

Homepage and Introductory Information

Department of Commerce Homepage

About the Department of Commerce

Names and Email Addresses  locates DOC employees.


WWW Sites of Commerce  convenient Web map that links the Department’s agencies and explains their functions.

Mission Statement

STAT-USA  covers federal business, economic, social and environmental data---not all portions are free.

Fedworld  key search source for acquiring federal government information.

Welcome to WhoWhere  directory for federal Email addresses and telephone numbers.

Frequently Requested Toll-Free Telephone Numbers

US Government Blue Pages Online Directory   federal telephone directory.

News, Public Affairs, History, etc. to top

Announcements, Bulletins, and Events

The Help Desk

Check Population Growth  running account of births and deaths---net growth amounts to one individual about every 14 seconds in the U.S. and the world population is measured to within the last two minutes!

Library & Information Service   policies of this "open to the public" resource.

NIST Web Clock - Atomic Clock Correct Time

Customer Service to top

National Finance Center - Employee Personal Page Information  excellent source for federal employees of agencies serviced by NFC to follow their payroll, leave, travel, insurance, and other personal information on line.

Commonly Requested Federal Services  White House consumer information.

Information Products and Databases - NTIS 

U.S. Consumer Gateway   multi-agency consumer assets.

Just For Fun  financial and political index of your city or county (USA).

Basic Tables: 1990 Demographic Profile  type in your zip code and get the demographic data for your area---per the 1990 Census.

Organization to top

Office of the Secretary - DOC  Staff Offices, Administration Offices, and other organizations and services within Commerce. 

NTIS Site Map 

Office of the Inspector General

WWW Sites of Commerce Department Agencies  text map (with links).

Business and Trade Web Sites

DOC Web sites on the Economy and Statistics

U.S. Government Laboratories

Information Technology to top

Office of Technology Policy

Office of Computer Service 

Go4IT  outreach effort to build an IT work force at DOC.

President's Council on Year 2000 Conversion

Science and Technology Web Sites

Information Services Web Sites

United States Census 2000  Census Bureau summary.

FedWorld Dialup/Telnet Site Information  lists federal bulletin boards.

National Coordination Office for Computing, Information, and Communications  links to Related Information which includes non-federal information.

Federal Computer Products Center  inventory (1,200 titles) of electronic formats data files and software on diskette, CD-ROM, and magnetic tape ---most are produced or were sponsored by the federal government.

Most Requested Computer Products - NTIS  involves a Federal Computer Product Center list of the most requested computer data files and software--- these are mostly federal products.

Office of Information Technology - GSA  "IT Policy On-Ramp."

Clearinghouse on Information & Technology - ERIC (R)

Institute for Telecommunications Sciences

U.S. Government Telecomm Sources 

Business Matters to top

Business Liaison- DOC

U. S. Department of Commerce Acquisition Community 

Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization - DOC  how to sell to the Department of Commerce--and much more.

IT Acquisitions Home Page - Patent and Trademark 

U. S. Patent and Trademark Office   complete coverage plus Search U. S. Trademark Database, Patent Office Organizational Structure, and the IBM Intellectual Property Network (patents)

U. S. Government Advisor   doing business with the government and more.

Solicitations & Contracts - Office of Procurement Patent and Trademark

Acquisition Management Services - NOAA Western Administrative Support Center  business opportunities.

Systems Acquisition Office DOC/NOAA   business opportunities.

A Streamlined Acquisition Process (ASAP)

Business - GPO Access  provides federal business information locations.

CBD Net  key publication of federal contract activities with helpful assists.

National Technology Transfer Center 

Federal Acquisition Jumpstation  details major federal acquisition sites.

Procurement - GPO Access

STAT-USA  business education resource---some information not free.

Statistics to top

Governments Overview - U.S. Census Bureau  various looks at government.

FedStats  key federal statistics site.

Statistical Agencies (Federal)

Consumer Price Indexes

U.S. Census 2000

Map Stats

Economy Overview - DOC

Governments Overview

Statistics - GPO Access  covers major federal agencies that report statistics.

Youth Indicators 1996  statistics that comprise the world of young people compiled by the Center For Education Statistics.

Check Population Growth - "Pop Clocks"  gives a running count of U.S. and world populations.

Census of Business - GPO Access

Manufacturers’ Shipments to Federal Agencies

National Geophysical Data Center   manages environmental data in the fields of geology and geophysics, paleoclimatology, solar-terrestrial physics, solid earth geophysics, and glaciology.

NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service features links to the world of science around us.

Government Information Sharing Project  statistics provided by the Bureau of the Census, Bureau of Economic Analysis, the National Center for Education Statistics, and The MESA Group.

International Trade Data System   addresses International Trade Data System and NATAP trade sites.

U. S. International Trade Statistics

Latest Economic Indicator from the Bueau of the Census.

Citizen's Guide to U S Economy - U. S. Senate  and 12 Myths of International  Trade  are uncomplicated economic sites with a Glossary, explanations, etc.

Topics to top

Federal Standards - GPO Access

Scientific and Technical Reports 

National Environmental Data Index  allows a search across key environmental agency sources.

NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service features links to the world of science around us.

Technical Reports  University of Colorado.

U.S. Trade Representative’s Homepage

SBA’s Office of International Trade

International Trade - GPO Access  federal survey document.

U.S. International Trade Commission Home Page

Budget, Management and Information and Chief Information Officer

Office of Economic Conversion Information  provides information on defense adjustment and conversion, economic development and technology transfer.

What is the FedWorld Information Network?

Federal Dialup/Telnet Site Information lists federal bulletin boards.

U.S. Trade and Development Agency

International Trade Administration - Trade Information

International Trade Administration - About ITA

Links to other Trade sites

Geostationary Satellite  satellite pictures---see what's happening 250 miles up.

Weather to top

Today's Weather and more.

Interactive Weather Information Network - NOAA  highly informative site.

Weather - Government Information Xchange

Weather Warnings Page   interesting viewing when the weather gets threatening.

Climate and Weather  University of Colorado at Boulder.

World Data Center A, Meteorology  experiment data, nuclear radiation, etc.

Ask Dr. Dewpoint Intellicast  reports on pollen allergy alerts and more.

National Performance Review - DOC

National Climatic Data Center (NCDC)

EWG Arctic Ocean Atlas Web Site  Joint U.S.- Russian Environmental Working Group.

Comparison of Different El Nino Events

Billion Dollar U. S. Weather Disasters 1980 - 1998

FEMA - El Nino Section

State of the Weather On The Coasts Of  The United States

Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory

Intellicast - Weather For Active Lives  Microsoft's extensive site.

Other Items of Interest to top

U. S. House of Representatives Commerce Committee

U. S. Senate Committees

Commonly Requested Federal Services

Law - United States Government

Legal and Regulatory Hotlist - SBA

Federal Acquisition Jumpstation  visits major agency acquisition sites.

Reference Center - Internet Public Library  covers Science & Technology, Computers & Internet, Law, Government and Political Science, etc.

Documents Center - University of Michigan  federal forms and information.

U.S. Government Laboratories - USGS

The United States of America  much about America---a USIA contribution.

The Economy - GPO Access

Scientific Information in the WWW

Sciences & Technology Reference - Internet Public Library 

Environmental Research Laboratories

Resources of use to Government Documents Librarians - University of California 

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

Volcano World  worth the trip.

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