Commerce Department

1913 14th St. and Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20230 202-482-2000 : $5.2 billion : 38,774 The Commerce Department promotes economic development and technological advancement. The department encourages exports and foreign tourism; regulates trade; monitors oceans and the weather; oversees regional economic development, measurement, and products standards, patents, and trademarks; administers the census; and performs economic analysis and telecommunications research and development.
Established:
Address:
Phone:
2001 Budget:
Employment:
Web Site:www.doc.gov
Functions:

Donald L. Evans
Secretary
202-482-2112
Evans is a Texas oilman who has seen both boom and bust. Since November, he's clearly been enjoying a boom, but the Senate power shift may send things downward for him. Evans, however, has great resources to draw upon. He is one of Bush's earliest Texas friends, and one of his most trusted advisers. As governor, Bush appointed Evans to the Board of Regents of the University of Texas system. And as the chief fundraiser for Bush's presidential campaign, Evans raised more than $120 million. Also, Democrats back his use of the Commerce Department to promote economic growth, and he won easy confirmation in the Senate. Evans is clearly good at making friends; he won warm praise from Al Gore's campaign manager, William Daley, even before his Senate confirmation. Evans's job puts him at the nexus of politics and business. Daley said, "There's nothing wrong with mixing the two," adding that Evans will go out of his way to avoid improprieties "because he is an honorable man and has to protect the President." Evans, 54, can also tap his years of top management experience. He'll need it to direct the many missions of the department, including promoting exports, developing technology, overseeing patents, and supporting small and minority-owned businesses. Evans was born in Houston and received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA, both from the University of Texas. He then moved to the Texas oilfields, quickly rising by age 33 to head Tom Brown Inc., an energy firm whose fortunes have tracked the boom-and-bust oil economy over the past 20 years. Evans was chairman and CEO when Bush tapped him for the Cabinet.

Samuel W. Bodman
Deputy Secretary (designate)
202-482-8376
Bodman-like his immediate boss, Commerce Secretary Evans-is an oilman in an oil-rich Administration. Thanks to his career path, however, Bodman has spent most of the past three decades in the Northeast. Until his appointment at Commerce, Bodman, 62, was chairman and chief executive officer of Boston-based Cabot Corp., a $1.5 billion, publicly traded chemical company that is the world's biggest producer of the industrial pigment known as carbon black. It was during this time that he got to know Evans and other oil executives. Before his 14-year stint at Cabot, Bodman spent 16 years at Fidelity Investments, eventually serving as president of the mutual fund giant's parent company, FMR Corp. Upon his appointment, Bodman-once an informal adviser to former Gov. William Weld, R-Mass.-told The Boston Globe that he has maintained a "good relationship" with Evans over the years. Bodman, who was born in Chicago, earned his bachelor's degree from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Bodman has no specific statutory duties; the deputy secretary often handles tasks delegated by the Secretary.

Return to Main Story

NEXT STORY: The Earlybird: Today's headlines

X
This website uses cookies to enhance user experience and to analyze performance and traffic on our website. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. Learn More / Do Not Sell My Personal Information
Accept Cookies
X
Cookie Preferences Cookie List

Do Not Sell My Personal Information

When you visit our website, we store cookies on your browser to collect information. The information collected might relate to you, your preferences or your device, and is mostly used to make the site work as you expect it to and to provide a more personalized web experience. However, you can choose not to allow certain types of cookies, which may impact your experience of the site and the services we are able to offer. Click on the different category headings to find out more and change our default settings according to your preference. You cannot opt-out of our First Party Strictly Necessary Cookies as they are deployed in order to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting the cookie banner and remembering your settings, to log into your account, to redirect you when you log out, etc.). For more information about the First and Third Party Cookies used please follow this link.

Allow All Cookies

Manage Consent Preferences

Strictly Necessary Cookies - Always Active

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Sale of Personal Data, Targeting & Social Media Cookies

Under the California Consumer Privacy Act, you have the right to opt-out of the sale of your personal information to third parties. These cookies collect information for analytics and to personalize your experience with targeted ads. You may exercise your right to opt out of the sale of personal information by using this toggle switch. If you opt out we will not be able to offer you personalised ads and will not hand over your personal information to any third parties. Additionally, you may contact our legal department for further clarification about your rights as a California consumer by using this Exercise My Rights link

If you have enabled privacy controls on your browser (such as a plugin), we have to take that as a valid request to opt-out. Therefore we would not be able to track your activity through the web. This may affect our ability to personalize ads according to your preferences.

Targeting cookies may be set through our site by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites. They do not store directly personal information, but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.

Social media cookies are set by a range of social media services that we have added to the site to enable you to share our content with your friends and networks. They are capable of tracking your browser across other sites and building up a profile of your interests. This may impact the content and messages you see on other websites you visit. If you do not allow these cookies you may not be able to use or see these sharing tools.

If you want to opt out of all of our lead reports and lists, please submit a privacy request at our Do Not Sell page.

Save Settings
Cookie Preferences Cookie List

Cookie List

A cookie is a small piece of data (text file) that a website – when visited by a user – asks your browser to store on your device in order to remember information about you, such as your language preference or login information. Those cookies are set by us and called first-party cookies. We also use third-party cookies – which are cookies from a domain different than the domain of the website you are visiting – for our advertising and marketing efforts. More specifically, we use cookies and other tracking technologies for the following purposes:

Strictly Necessary Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Functional Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Performance Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Sale of Personal Data

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.

Social Media Cookies

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.

Targeting Cookies

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.