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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today submitted her exit memorandum to President Obama highlighting the Department of Commerce’s major accomplishments that helped grow the U.S. economy during the past eight years.
Secretary Pritzker’s “Open for Business” agenda focused the efforts of the Department’s 12 bureaus and 46,000 employees on five pillars – trade and investment; innovation; data; environment; and operational excellence – in order to achieve its single mission of helping to create the conditions for economic growth, job creation, and opportunity across the United States.
“The Department of Commerce has played an integral role in America’s economic recovery. While government alone cannot create companies or jobs, it can help create the conditions for the private sector to grow and prosper,” Secretary Pritzker wrote. “Throughout President Obama’s Administration, we took strides to make our team more outcome-driven and responsive and provide important commercial perspectives in policy discussions. Critical to our success has been our work to build a stronger bridge to the business community and include the private sector in our policymaking process. I am proud of the team at the Department of Commerce and all of our accomplishments that have advanced the President’s priorities.”
Two specific areas of achievement denoted in the memorandum were strengthening the digital economy and trade enforcement. Secretary Pritzker highlighted the Department’s work in cybersecurity and enforcing U.S. trade laws:
In her closing thoughts, the 38th U.S. Secretary of Commerce lauded President Obama’s leadership stating “the Department’s success stems from the tone and objectives President Obama set to generate broad-based prosperity in America”.
The full text of Secretary Pritzker’s exit memorandum is available here.