The Assess Costs Everywhere (ACE) tool is one of many activities being carried out by the U.S. Department of Commerce to encourage businesses to bring production back to the United States or expand their operations here. The Department works every day to help American businesses thrive and restore middle-class security by creating incentives, securing access to markets for U.S. exports, providing financial and technical support for companies to grow and expand, and improving education and training opportunities to develop a skilled workforce.

The ACE tool was developed within the Economics and Statistics Administration, and with the partnership of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Manufacturing Extension Partnership. Various agencies within the Department also collaborated in ACE's development, including the United States Patent and Trademark Office and SelectUSA within the International Trade Administration.