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News Archive of February 2010

Connect with Commerce

In order to encourage transparency, participation, and collaboration in government, it is time that Commerce comes to you on some of your favorite social media and information-sharing sites. As part of the Open Government initative, you can now connect with the U.S. Department of Commerce on YouTube,  Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace .

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We know that you may not be able to visit everyday, so we wanted to provide some alternative ways for you to keep up to date with the latest news and initiatives from the Department of Commerce that ultimately affect you and your community.

While we know our new presences on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and MySpace need a bit of work (OK, our MySpace presence needs a lot of work), we wanted to let you know about them ASAP so you could share your thoughts about how to use them most effectively going forward. Have a great idea for a YouTube-based video contest or a Commerce Facebook App?  Post it in the comments section below.

Whether it is photos on Facebook, live-tweets from an event on Twitter, discussions on MySpace, or video updates from Secretary Locke on Youtube, we hope to offer a fun way to follow what's new at Commerce and join the conversation. Invite your friends on Facebook or MySpace and your followers on Twitter to join as well.

Finally, let us know by posting a comment if there are other information-sharing and social media sites that you would like to use to connect with Commerce.

Welcome to

Thanks for stopping by our brand new site on Open Government at the U.S. Department of Commerce,

This website, launched in response to the President's Open Government Directive, aims to document the U.S. Department of Commerce's efforts to become more open, participatory and collaborative in engaging U.S. citizens.

You can use it to find out about the data sets we're posting on, learn how to make a FOIA request, or take a look at the latest draft of our Open Government Plan (coming soon!).

Most important, we want to use this site to interact with you. In addition to leaving comments on any news item on this site or e-mailing us at, we also encourage you to use our citizen engagement tool,, to contribute your thoughts and ideas concerning our Open Government Plan.

With your help, we can make sure that Commerce's plan for Open Government is one of the most comprehensive and creative plans produced by a government agency.