One of the younger federal agencies, the Department of Commerce is considered by some to be a ‘catch-all’ agency. For example, the agency oversees the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Census, and the Minority Business Development Agency. Over half of the agency’s budget goes to NOAA, which regulates the fishing industry and runs the National Weather Service. President Barack Obama spoke of the confusing dynamic the Department of Commerce poses in the federal bureaucracy, “The Interior Department is in charge of salmon while they‘re in freshwater, but the Commerce Department handles them in when they‘re in saltwater. And I hear it gets even more complicated once they‘re smoked.”

A realistic approach to solving the problems of the Department of Commerce is consolidating its sub agencies, like NOAA, into other agencies. Not only would other agencies be more equipped to handle such agencies, but it would eliminate duplication in other agencies.

9.17 Billion Annual Budget

Wilbur Ross Secretary

47,000 Government Employees

Budget Growth 2012 - 2016

$3.53 Trillion

Annual budget for the federal government

$9.17 Billion

Percentage of Federal Budget