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Frequently Asked Questions

What does the Department of Commerce do?

Who are the Department's Secretaries, and what about the the architecture of the Herbert Hoover Building?

Is the National Aquarium located in the Department of Commerce?
No. The National Aquarium in Washington, DC closed on September 30, 2013, after 140 years. The Naitonal Aquarium in Baltimore, MD is still active and open to the public.

Are there Department of Commerce locations near where I live?

Overview of the Department of Commerce 
What does the Department of Commerce do?

Economic Data and Statistics
Where can I find economic statistics and reports?
Where can I find useful information about the social, political and economic organization of the United States?

Business Resources
Where can I find Commerce resources to help in growing my business?

Minority Business Opportunities 
Where can I find information on minority and small business development?

International Trade
I have questions about international trade--where can I go?

Where can I find information about national and international weather alerts, forecasts and observations?

Where can I find information about the Census?

U.S. Population Statistics 
Where can I find information about the population of the United States and the individual states and territories?

Time and Standards 
How can I find the correct time in different time zones?

Careers in Commerce 
How do I prepare for a career in the Department of Commerce and what are the job opportunities?

Faith-Based Community Initiatives 
How does the Department of Commerce participate in the President's Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Initiatives?

Last updated: 2017-01-13 15:13

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