GPS

The Department of Commerce is involved in a wide variety of issues and activities related to the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS). These include GPS policy and management, GPS modernization, international GPS cooperation, and GPS interference and spectrum management. Learn more about these issues at GPS.gov

The Department’s interest in GPS comes from its multiple roles as a user of GPS, provider of a GPS augmentation service (CORS), representative of commercial GPS manufacturers and users, member of the federal body that coordinates GPS matters, and regulator of GPS-related radio spectrum (NTIA), technology exports (BIS), and intellectual property (USPTO).

Legislative Proposal to Establish Bureau of Space Commerce

On October 15, 2018, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross submitted to Congress a legislative proposal to establish a new Bureau of Space Commerce headed by an Assistant Secretary for Space Commerce. Download legislative proposal (PDF) Download section-by-section analysis (PDF) Section-by-Section

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FCC Seeks Public Comments on Galileo Waiver Request

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The FCC is inviting public comments on the European Commission’s (EC) request for a waiver of licensing requirements applicable to Galileo receivers in the United States. Comments are due February 21, 2017. View public notice at fcc.gov (PDF) The Commerce

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ITAR Controls on GPS/GNSS Receivers Updated

Today, the State Department published its final rule revising Category XII of the U.S. Munitions List (USML) under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Among other things, the rule updates the export controls on military GPS/GNSS receivers and moves them out of USML Category

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GPS Presentation from Maps Camp 2016

On July 9, Jason Kim from the Office of Space Commerce spoke at the inaugural Maps Camp conference held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. He presented an overview of the Global Positioning System (GPS) and U.S. GPS

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8th GPS-Galileo Working Group B Meeting

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On March 1, the Office of Space Commerce co-chaired the eighth meeting of the Working Group on Trade and Civil Applications (Working Group B) under the GPS-Galileo Agreement of 2004. The meeting took place in Munich, Germany, on the margins of the

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Proposed Changes to GPS/GNSS Export Controls Published

On February 19, the State Department published a proposed export control rule change affecting GPS/GNSS user equipment. Among other things, the rule will move the existing GPS/GNSS receiver controls found in Category XV of the U.S. Munitions List (Spacecraft Systems

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Law Restores Original Name of Office of Space Commerce

On November 25, President Obama signed the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act. The legislation renamed the Office of Space Commercialization to the Office of Space Commerce (its original designation) and added several functions. The new functions include promoting U.S.

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GPS Presentation from Kyoto Conference

Jason Kim of the Office of Space Commercialization gave a presentation on the GPS program during a meeting of the Civil GPS Service Interface Committee (CGSIC) International Information Subcommittee (IISC), held November 16, 2015, in Kyoto, Japan. The meeting took

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Published Article on Economic Benefits of GPS

The September 2015 issue of GPS World magazine includes an article by economist Irv Leveson on the economic productivity benefits of GPS. The Office of Space Commercialization led the interagency team of federal economists and subject matter experts who guided

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Presentation on GPS Economic Study

On June 11, economist Irv Leveson delivered a public presentation on the preliminary results of his ongoing study on the economic benefits of GPS. The Office of Space Commercialization leads the interagency team of federal economists and subject matter experts

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