The Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) within the Department of Commerce (DOC) hosts regular Commerce Data Advisory Council (CDAC) meetings to improve the communication and data sharing between businesses and the Department.

The CDAC (the Council) is comprised of 19 members, including the Commerce Chief Data Officer, and the Economic and Statistics Administration leadership. 

The Council provides an organized and continuing channel of communication between recognized experts in the data industry (on collection, compilation, analysis, dissemination and privacy protection) and the Department of Commerce.

The CDAC provides advice and recommendations, to include process and infrastructure improvements, to the Secretary, the DOC and the DOC data-bureau leadership on ways to make Commerce data easier to find, access, use, combine and disseminate. The aim of this advice shall be to maximize the value of Commerce data to all users including governments, businesses, communities, academia, and individuals.


Meetings are announced and open to the public session. Members of the public are welcome to observe the business of the meeting in person or via webcast on the CDAC website. The public is invited to make statements or ask questions in person.

The public may also submit statements or questions via the CDAC Twitter handle: #CDACMTG, the CDAC email address, or: (subject line ``MAY 2016 CDAC Meeting Public Comment''), or by letter to the Director of External Communication and DFO, CDAC, Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration, 1401 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20230.  Submissions by letter will be included in the record for the meeting, if received timely for each meeting.