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Comment Policy

The purpose of this blog is to discuss what the U.S. Department of Commerce is doing to increase openness, transparency, citizen participation and to fulfill the objectives of the White House's Open Government Directive. We encourage comments. Your ideas and concerns will play a critical role in what Commerce includes in its response to the directive and how Commerce goes about interacting with the public.
We want to publish your comments, but we expect conversations to follow the conventions of polite discourse. Therefore, we won't post comments that:
  • contain vulgar language, personal attacks of any kind, or offensive terms that target specific ethnic or racial groups
  • promote services or products (non-commercial links that are relevant to the blog post or comment are acceptable)
  • are far off-topic
  • make unsupported accusations.
We don't edit comments to remove objectionable content, so please ensure that your comment contains none of the above.
Reporters are asked to send questions to the appropriate individual listed on our Media Contacts page and refrain from submitting questions here as comments. Reporters' questions will be removed.
We recognize that the Web is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage federal resources, moderating and posting of comments will generally only occur during regular business hours Monday through Friday. If you submit a comment after hours or on weekends, we'll read and post them as early as possible the next business day.
To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include phone numbers or email addresses in the body of your comment.
Thank you for taking the time to read this comment policy. We encourage your participation in our discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.
If you have questions about the comment policy or how we apply it, please don't hesitate to contact us at