Technology still tops US Commerce agenda

Norman Mineta, who last week was confirmed by the US Senate as the new Commerce Department secretary, said he plans to keep technology issues at the top of the department's agenda.

Norman Mineta, who last week was confirmed by the US Senate as the new Commerce Department secretary, said he plans to keep technology issues at the top of the department’s agenda.

Promoting e-commerce and bridging the digital divide will be among the issues on which Mineta said he plans to focus his attention.

During the six months left until the next administration comes in, Mineta said he also plans to invest in the country’s future. This includes "making sure we have the technology and policies to fuel the new economy," Mineta said at his confirmation hearing.

"Across Commerce, people are doing crucial work on R&D, technology diffusion and infrastructure modernization. I intend to see that this work stays in high gear and on track."

Mineta most recently was vice president of special business initiatives at Lockheed Martin. He is also a former member of the House of Representatives.

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