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One of the most important things government leaders can do is to take a short trip outside the headquarters building to see how customers are using your products. This is especially important for the open data economy, where public information products are one of the few popular online services that don’t require a log-in. That means that it is often difficult, but not impossible, to know exactly how open government data is fueling businesses growth.
Guest blog post by Courtney Silverthorn, NIST Technology Partnerships Office
The United States spends over $130 billion each year on research and development (R&D), for everything from understanding disease to increasing cybersecurity. In addition to improving health, safety and quality of life, that investment can provide significant economic benefit from results that become commercial products.
The U.S. economy has added more than 13.5 million private-sector jobs since 2010, extending the longest streak on record, and technology remains an important foundation for continued economic growth and broad-based prosperity. From 1948 to 2012, over half of the total increase in U.S. productivity growth—a key driver of economic growth—came from innovation and technological change.Read More
In this week's address, President Obama honored our nation’s veterans, who have served and sacrificed in defense of our country. This past week, Americans came together on Veterans Day to pay tribute to those men and women in uniform who have risked their lives to protect our freedom.Read More
President Obama just delivered a statement on today's attacks in Paris.
"Once again we've seen an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians. This is an attack not just on Paris, it's an attack not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share."
Watch the full remarks.
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This week, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker traveled to Half Moon Bay, CA to participate in an armchair discussion for Techonomy 2015. During her armchair, Secretary Pritzker shared two announcements from the Department of Commerce including the unveiling of the Department’s Digital Economy Agenda and the launch of the Commerce Data Service.
Today, the White House Council on Women and Girls and the Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University are co-hosting an all-day conference on expanding opportunities for women and girls of color and all Americans.
Our country has made significant progress on improving outcomes for marginalized women in recent years. The growth in the number of businesses owned by black women outpaces that of all women-owned firms. Teen births are down, high school graduation rates are up, and the number of college graduates is at an all-time high.Read More
This weekend, Americans across the country are celebrating “Welcome Weekend” and continuing our national tradition of welcoming those fleeing persecution and seeking refuge from around the world. Indeed, it’s an opportunity we have historically seized. Underlined by a fundamental spirit of generosity, Americans have long understood that each of us were often yesterday’s refugees – that the search for safety, opportunity, and freedom from fear is a common aspiration that has bound us from generation to generation.Read More
Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This week, the President announced a decision about the Keystone Pipeline, met with the Prime Minister of Israel, honored America's veterans, and hopped on a new social platform. That's November 6th to November 12th or, "There's a Fox Somewhere on the Grounds."
Friday, November 6th
On Friday, the President announced that the U.S. will not approve construction on the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline.
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President Obama's Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett is answering your social media questions as part of a new series of Office Hours. The weekly Office Hours invites people around the country to virtually connect with the President’s advisor on issues from criminal justice reform to LGBT issues. Each week, Valerie will take your questions on a different topic and engage using a range of platforms, from Twitter to Tumblr to Google Hangout. And today, you can join her for a Twitter Q&A on health care in America and women’s health issues starting at 12 pm ET.Read More