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Digital Economy Overviews

  • Digital Economy
    U.S. Economic & Statistics Administration's fifth annual report on American industries that produce information technology (IT) goods and services, and its impact on U.S. economic strength.

  • Electronic Commerce: An Introduction
    This report for Congress looks at the continuing growth of electronic commercial transactions over the Internet and e-commerce policy issues. These include protection and security issues, e-commerce taxation, the exclusion of small businesses from e-commerce growth, and the impact of the European Union (EU) and World Trade Organization (WTO) on global e-commerce policy.

  • International Electronic Commerce: Definitions and Policy Implications
    This report provides information on emerging issues regarding international electronic commerce (IEC), including: the U.S. Government's collection of data on IEC; the removal of obstacles and facilitation of IEC; the adaptation of commercial and legal frameworks; and the addressing of barriers through international trade agreements and negotiations.

  • Electronic Signatures: a Review of the Exceptions to the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act
    This report contains a detailed review of the nine exceptions to the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN), an examination of how the exceptions are handled in electronic commercial and personal transactions, and recommendations regarding whether each exception should remain in the Act for the protection of consumers.

  • Main Street in the Digital Age: How Small and Medium-Sized Businesses Are Using the Tools of the New Economy
    This report examines the information technology investment and usage trends of U.S. small and medium size enterprises (SMEs). The report contains statistics for SMEs on capital equipment expenditures, Internet access for manufacuturing plants, and employees' workplace usage of computers.

  • Digital Freedom Initiative Annual Report
    The goal of the Digital Freedom Initiative (DFI) is to promote economic growth by transferring the benefits of information and communication technology (ICT) to entrepreneurs, small businesses, and supporting institutions. This document reports on the program's progress in Senegal, Peru, Indonesia, and Jordan.

  • The Bayh-Dole Act: Selected Issues in Patent Policy and the Commercialization of Technology
    This paper discusses the rationale behind the passage of the Bayh-Dole Act, its provisions, and implementation of the law.

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  • The Promise of Biotechnology
    An exploration of some of the most promising applications of biotechnology, from microorganisms engineered to produce hydrogen gas from organic waste and bacteria engineered to break down environmental pollutants, to crops that add vitamins to what we eat and novel drugs for treating human diseases such as Alzheimer's and diabetes.

  • A Survey of the Use of Biotechnology in U.S. Industry
    The U.S. Technology Administration's analysis of survey data provides information about the current development and adoption of biotechnology in more than 1,000 companies and in various industries. These unique results represent the culmination of more than two years of discussion with biotechnology firms, state agencies and governments, numerous federal agencies, and the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO).

  • Frequently Asked Questions about Biotechnology
    Provides answers to the most frequently asked questions about biotechnology, including how it is used and what are its benefits.

  • United States Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology Responsible Agencies - Overview
    Provides contact information as well as the laws, regulations, and rules set fort by the Agencies primarily responsible for regulating biotechnology in the United States.


  • Department of Energy Strategic Plan
    This strategic plan, prepared by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy after extensive consultations with the U.S. scientific community, sets concrete goals and priorities that will dramatically influence the direction of basic research in the U.S. for decades to come.

  • Energy and Utilities
    This report prepared by U.S. Energy Information Agency presents statistics on fuel resources, energy production and consumption, electric energy, hydroelectric power, nuclear power, solar energy, wood energy, and the electric and gas utility industries.

  • Energy Supply and Disposition
    This table presents historical statistics on U.S. energy supply and disposition by type of fuel.

  • National Energy Policy
    Prepared by the National Energy Policy Development Group, this document represents the official U.S. national energy policy.

  • Energy Policy: Setting the Stage for the Current Debate
    This report provides background and analysis as well as a historical perspective on U.S. energy policy.

  • Annual Energy Outlook
    The Energy Information Administration's Annual Energy Outlook presents a forecast and analysis of U.S. energy supply, demand, and prices through 2030. The projections are based on results from the Energy Information Administration’s National Energy Modeling System. The report includes the reference case, additional cases examining energy markets, and complete documentation.

  • Nuclear Energy Policy
    This report for Congress provides an overview of U.S. nuclear energy policy with information regarding research and development, safety and regulation, nuclear waste management, and federal funding.

  • Energy Efficiency: Findings and Recommendations
    Issued by the Consumer Energy Council of America (CECA), this release presents the findings and recommendations of a report prepared by a blue-ribbon panel of energy experts.

  • Energy Efficiency: Budget, Oil Conservation, and Electricity Conservation Issues
    This report for Congress offers a discussion on energy efficiency, legislation, and security.

  • Hydrogen Posture Plan
    An outline of the activities, milestones, and deliverables the U.S. Department of Energy plans to pursue to support America’s shift to a hydrogen-based transportation energy system.

  • Innovating for Better Environmental Results: A Report on EPA Progress from the Innovation Action Council
    This report, prepared by the Innovation Action Council of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), focuses on solving a set of priority environmental problems, developing new tools to enhance environmental problem-solving, strengthening partnerships with states and tribes, and fostering innovation in EPA’s culture and organizational systems.

  • Challenges to Energy Security
    This journal reflects international aspects of energy strategy derived from that debate. It includes views and insights from key government officials, industry representatives, experts, and leading scholars on how best to use the world's energy resources to meet growing demand and fuel sustainable development.

  • Clean Energy Solutions
    This journal discusses how projected increases in energy consumption in the coming decades, combined with a higher risk of climate change, require a massive global response based on technological innovation and the power of the marketplace. Experts and government officials describe the options before us, including renewable energy, novel vehicles, and low-carbon power generation, and discuss the best ways leading to a sustainable energy future.



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