Commerce moves to combine technology agencies

Commerce moves to combine technology agencies

The Commerce Department wants to combine the agencies within it that set technology and telecommunications policy.

In a press release issued today, Commerce secretary Donald Evans said the department would propose consolidating the Technology Administration, National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the e-commerce policy functions of the International Trade Administration into one agency.

Under the proposal, undersecretary of technology Phil Bond would head the new agency, which would focus on issues such as technical standards, spectrum management, and technology and e-commerce policy.

The move would require congressional approval.

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