Cherokee Nation Technology Solutions enters joint venture partnership with US Department of Commerce

December 14, 2016

TULSA, Okla. – Cherokee Nation Technology Solutions has been selected to enter into a joint venture partnership with the Department of Commerce’s National Technical Information Service.

The joint venture partnership will assist federal agencies in developing and implementing innovative ways to improve access, data interoperability, and use of federal data and data services.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to support the Commerce Department in its goal of harnessing the power of data and making it more easily accessible to everyone,” said Steven Bilby, president of Cherokee Nation diversified businesses. “We’re looking forward to furthering our work alongside partnering federal government agencies and aiding in their efforts to bring economic and social change through data-driven innovation.”

CNTS was selected to enter into a joint venture partnership with NTIS following a rigorous, merit-based process. Under this partnership, CNTS will compete with other joint venture partners to work with NTIS on groundbreaking data projects for federal agencies.

“We are thrilled to be awarded this opportunity to assist the Commerce Department and federal agencies in achieving their data priorities,” said John Hansen, CNTS operations general manager. “CNTS is known for its technical expertise and ability to bring clarity and innovative approaches to complex issues. We look forward to leveraging this knowledge and experience to help NTIS meet a national data need.”

The Commerce Department collects, stores and analyzes a wealth of information, including data on the nation’s economy, population and environment.

“These joint ventures mark a major milestone for the data economy,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. “As America’s data agency, the Commerce Department is committed to making it easier for businesses, government, taxpayers and communities to access, analyze and use data to strengthen economic growth and create new jobs. I am confident the partnerships between NTIS and each selected organization will unlock new federal data that will leverage advances in data science, promote software development and accelerate innovation.”

Cherokee Nation Technology Solutions, formed in 2008, provides technical support services and project support personnel to its defense and civilian agency partners. The company provides a tailored management approach for complex government programs and disciplines, including information technology, science, engineering, construction, research and development, facilities management, program management, and mission support.

CNTS is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and is part of the Cherokee Nation Businesses family of companies. For more information, please visit