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Commerce Department

(Inside U.S. Trade)
June 12, 2009

The Obama administration seems to have narrowed the field of potential candidates for undersecretary of commerce for export administration, after Commerce Secretary Gary Locke interviewed several candidates, sources said. The administration appears poised to announce a nominee soon, they speculated.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
June 12, 2009

The Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) this week announced that U.S. exporters are still filing voluntary self-disclosures (VSDs) confessing to potential export control violations at roughly the same rate as they were before fines increased significantly in late 2007.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
June 12, 2009

The Department of Commerce is under conflicting pressure over whether to apply countervailing duty (CVD) law to Vietnam as a non-market economy (NME) within the context of a trade remedy case charging that imports of plastic bags are both unfairly priced and subsidized, according to public comments on the case.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
June 12, 2009

A Commerce Department rule that eases exports controls on some thermal imaging cameras for civilian night vision use in certain countries was partially driven by the fact that the cameras are also available from foreign suppliers, according to Hillary Hess, regulatory policy division director at the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS).

(Inside U.S. Trade)
May 29, 2009

The Commerce Department late last week eased export controls on a set of thermal imaging cameras with civil night vision uses such as firefighting, as part of a broader rule that also tightened controls on higher-end thermal imaging cameras, unembedded camera cores and thermal imaging cameras that are part of a munitions item.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
May 22, 2009

The Office of Government Ethics this week took a step toward congressional consideration of two nominations put forward by President Barack Obama by releasing the financial disclosure forms for Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-CA), who is nominated to be the State Department undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, and Frank Sanchez, who is nominated to be the Commerce Department undersecretary for international trade.

(Text Document)
May 21, 2009

(Text Document)
May 21, 2009

(Daily News)
May 20, 2009

The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) on May 15 took a step toward congressional consideration of two nominations put forward by President Barack Obama by releasing the financial disclosure forms for Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-CA), who is nominated to be the State Department undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, and Frank Sanchez, who is nominated to be the Commerce Department undersecretary for international trade.


(Text Document)
May 19, 2009

(Inside U.S. Trade)
May 15, 2009

President Barack Obama's 2010 fiscal year budget proposal calls for a budget increase of roughly $1 million -- or 2.2 percent over its current funding -- for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, one third of which is slated to go to increase staffing at USTR's Beijing office.

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