BOU Open Government

The responsibility for the development and maintenance of Open Government policies, procedures, and guidance is handled through the Office of Privacy and Open Government, Open Government Program. The Open Government Program Office is also responsible for oversight of the Department of Commerce's Open Government program.

The Department’s mission is to help make American businesses more innovative at home and more competitive abroad. Comprised of twelve (12) different agencies responsible for everything from weather forecasts to patent protection, the Department touches lives of Americans every day and fosters economic growth and opportunity to encourage innovation, entrepreneurship, competitiveness, and stewardship. For over 100 years, it has partnered with the U.S. business community to maintain a prosperous, productive America committed to trade, competitiveness, and environmental stewardship. The concept of Open Government is integral to the Department’s mission and is one of the innovator leaders in the Open Government Initiative.

The Department carries out its programmatic responsibilities through its 14 Bureaus and Operating Units (BOU) (Sub Agencies). Each of these BOUs, through their distinct missions, contributes to the Department’s overall objective of promoting economic growth for the nation and providing opportunities for all Americans. These organizations are driving Open Government through initiatives that range from improving patent processing to developing sustainable and resilient fisheries, from transforming service delivery to businesses, to expanding international markets for U.S. firms, and from creating scientific and technological innovation to advancing measurement science.

To strengthen institutionalization of Open Government transparency, participation, and collaboration principals and initiatives, the Department created an interdisciplinary Department-wide leadership, planning, and execution team to guide and implement the Open Government program called the Open Government Senior Leaders (OGSL). The OGSL group, through its designated points of contact (POC) is responsible for ensuring that the Open Government efforts are integrated into the functional processes of each BOU’s program and business lines.

From this page, you can link to those BOUs and their Open Government initiatives, learn about how the Open Government program is structured, and/or review our guidance and resources related to Open Government. 

The Open Government Library contains information on the various Commerce Open Government assets.



Questions and Comments

Send Questions or Comments on the Commerce Open Government program to


Office of Privacy and Open Government
Office of the Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary for Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

Page last updated: December 14, 2017