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

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).

President Issues Executive Order on Responsible Use of PNT Services

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Today President Trump signed Executive Order 13905 on Strengthening National Resilience through Responsible Use of Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) Services. The Executive Order seeks to ensure that the nation’s critical infrastructures build in resilience against disruptions to GPS or

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GPS Economic Study Presentation

Presentation cover: RTI International - Economic Benefits of the Global Positioning System (GPS) - August 6, 2019 - Alan C. O'Connor - Michael P. Gallagher

On August 6, the Office of Space Commerce hosted a public briefing to discuss a recently published study of the economic benefits of GPS. The study, sponsored by DOC’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), estimates that GPS generated

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U.S.-Japan Comprehensive Space Dialogue Held June 24, 2019

The Commerce Department participated in the Sixth U.S.-Japan Comprehensive Space Dialogue, held at the White House on June 24, 2019. The event brought together senior officials from the governments of the United States and Japan to advance bilateral space cooperation

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DOC Study on Economic Benefits of GPS

On June 6, RTI International released a comprehensive study of the economic benefits of the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS). The study, commissioned by the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), estimates that GPS generated $1.4 trillion

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GPS Presentation from Munich Satellite Navigation Summit

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On March 27, Jason Kim of the Office of Space Commerce delivered a presentation on Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) issues at the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit in Munich, Germany. The presentation provides updates on: the expanding role of the

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Posted in Galileo, GPS, Regulatory Reform

FCC Allows U.S. Use of Galileo Navigation Signals

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On November 15, the FCC adopted a waiver order allowing GNSS receivers to use Galileo signals within the United States without an FCC license. View the waiver order (PDF) FCC rules require licensing of non-federal, receive-only equipment operating with foreign

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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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Posted in Commercial Remote Sensing, GPS, Regulatory Reform

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 (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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