To promote economic growth and security in the United States through the development of technology, promotion of exports and gathering of economic information and analysis. The Department of Commerce creates conditions for economic growth and opportunity by promoting innovation, entrepreneurship, competitiveness and stewardship in the areas of manufacturing, transportation, communications and measurement.
Headquarters: Washington, D.C. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Bureau of the Census, and International Trade Administration (ITA) offices nationwide. Highest concentration of DOC employees: District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Colorado, Indiana, Washington, California, Florida, Alaska and Massachusetts.
The Department of Commerce ranked 4th out of 30 agencies in the 2010 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings with an index score of 68.3.
To attract a talented and diverse applicant pool, DOC has implemented a comprehensive outreach program targeting academic institutions. These strategies include educating faculty and students about Commerce’s work and career opportunities by sponsoring career days on campuses, participating in job/career fairs and maintaining a cadre of trained corporate recruiters. Key efforts for the recruitment of experienced candidates at the mid-level include strengthening partnerships with trade associations, professional societies and alumni organizations. Commerce administers and utilizes several internship programs including the Postsecondary Grants Internship Program, Washington Internship for Native Students, Presidential Management Fellows Program, Federal Career Intern Program, Student Career Experience Program, along with several other Bureau-specific internship and fellowship programs. Commerce also has an active Veterans Recruitment Program that partners with other federal agencies.
The agency is also using a wide variety of flexibilities to attract candidates, including offering recruitment bonuses and student loan repayments. DOC provided 957 recruitment bonuses totaling $6.7 million in FY 2007, and 1,402 for a total of $8.8 million in FY 2008. DOC also approved 9 student loan repayments for a total of $87,500 during FY 2007 and 2008.
The Department of Commerce (DOC) could lose one-sixth of its current workforce to retirement by 2010. DOC’s Recruitment and Retention Plan identifies hiring that must take place through 2012 to replace departing employees. The most extensive recruitment efforts are directed toward the following occupational areas: computer scientists, information technology specialists, engineers, statisticians, chemists, physicists, meteorologists, trade specialists, general business and industry professionals and attorneys. As part of the 2010 census, the DOC will recruit for approximately 600,000 temporary field staff to engage in non-response follow-up activities. Jobs associated with the 2010 census may last from a week to six months and are located across the country.
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Demographics source: FedScope, OPM
Source: Fedscope 09/08
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