Analysis

Crucial Trade Vacancy Worries Former Gov't Officials

Law360 (September 4, 2019, 9:21 PM EDT) -- The White House's long-term trade strategy could soon get complicated because of a political leadership vacuum within a small government agency that plays an instrumental role in the Trump administration's showdown with China.

The Bureau of Industry and Security, which is housed within the Commerce Department and has been without a permanent head for well over a year, is a mostly technocratic agency, but it has found itself at the nexus of several quickly developing trade policy areas within the Trump administration.

BIS has been without a Senate-confirmed undersecretary since May 2018. While much of the agency's day-to-day work is run...

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