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Secretary Gutierrez Discusses Economy, Announces Launch of New Interagency Web Site in “Ask The White House” Interactive Online Forum

Washington (Oct. 24)—U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez took questions from the public concerning the current U.S. economy and announced a new interagency Web site led by the Commerce Department in an Interactive online forum, “Ask the White House.” The new Web site,, is a resource for the latest information from five government agencies on America’s economic recovery for people to keep their homes, find jobs and protect their savings. (More)

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Commerce Secretary Gutierrez Praises Panama’s Role in New Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas Initiative

Washington (Oct. 23)—In remarks to the U.S.-Panama Business Council, U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez noted that Panama is an important friend, ally and trading partner. “We are very pleased that Panama has agreed to host the first Ministerial in December, Gutierrez said. In his remarks, he discussed the potential for increased U.S.-Panama trade and investment, citing Panama’s high growth rate and the pending U.S.-Panama free trade agreement. (More)

Joe Garcia, President of National Congress of American Indians (third from left), and its Executive Board witness Census Bureau Director Steve Murdock as he signs the Census Bureau's first American Indian and Alaska Native Policy. Click here for larger image.

Census Bureau Director Reaffirms Strong Commitment to Counting Native Americans in 2010 Census

Phoenix, Ariz. (Oct. 22)—Census Bureau Director Steve Murdock (pictured at podium) joined President of the National Congress of American Indians Joe Garcia (third from left) and its Executive Board in signing the Census Bureau's first American Indian and Alaska Native Policy. With the 2010 Census approaching, the policy reaffirms the Census Bureau’s strong commitment to working with American Indian and Alaska Natives through this government-to-government relationship. (More)