The Office of Space Commerce is the principal unit for the coordination of space-related issues, programs, and initiatives within the Department of Commerce.
Mark Paese, Acting Director
Mark Paese serves as the Acting Director of OSC. He is the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services at NESDIS HQ. In this capacity, he provides day-to-day oversight of the activities of NESDIS' satellite operations, data processing, product and service delivery and research functions. He also has oversight responsibilities of the NESDIS budget planning and administration.
Mark has 30 years of experience in all facets of weather, communications and aviation, including 12 years in private industry. He has broad experience in leading science-based service organizations, introducing change, and using and implementing technology and science.
Additionally, Mark held senior positions at Booz, Allen & Hamilton, and prior to that with Westinghouse Electric Corporation. While in the private sector, he was responsible for systems engineering, operations and maintenance, acquisition, program management, strategic planning and business development.
Mark has also served as the Executive Director of the White House Task Force on Effective Warnings. His efforts resulted in President Trump signing the Executive Order 13407: Public Alert and Warning Systems. Mark also served on the FCC's Commercial Mobile Service Alert Advisory Committee - charged with examining existing and planned disaster warning systems - resulting in today's Wireless Emergency Alert capability.
To accomplish its mission, the Office of Space Commerce coordinates with a variety of organizations across the Department of Commerce, including:
- Office of the Secretary of Commerce
- NOAA Satellite and Information Service (NESDIS): Manages meteorological satellite systems and data
- NOAA Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs (CRSRA): Licenses U.S. commercial remote sensing satellite operations
- NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS): Maintains the National Spatial Reference System and a GPS monitoring network of Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS)
- International Trade Administration (ITA): Assists U.S. companies in exporting aerospace products
- Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS): Licenses exports of dual-use equipment, such as GPS receivers
- National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA): Co-manages (with FCC) radio spectrum used by satellites
- National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST): Maintains U.S. standards used to calibrate satellites, etc.