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Prior to joining Akin Gump, Mr. Wolf served for seven years (2010-2017) as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration in the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) at the Department of Commerce, where he developed and implemented policies pertaining to Export Administration issues and provided overall direction to, and management of, BIS’s national security, nonproliferation, foreign policy, national defense and strategic industrial resource functions.
Working closely with his colleagues at the departments of Defense and State, and the National Security Council, Mr. Wolf was the primary strategist, negotiator and implementer of President Obama’s Export Control Reform (ECR) Initiative. The reform initiative was a massive, seven-year interagency effort to substantially rewrite the defense trade and most dual-use export controls to accomplish various national security and foreign policy objectives. This reform has resulted in the transfer to the Commerce Department from the State Department of responsibility for regulating most direct commercial defense trade transactions. As a result of these efforts, most of the new content of the EAR and the ITAR reflects strategic direction, policy goals and negotiations between Mr. Wolf and other agencies. Mr. Wolf was also the primary Commerce Department senior official responsible for working with the interagency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which is authorized to review, investigate and recommend blocks of transactions or investments that could result in the control of any U.S. business that may raise national security or critical infrastructure concerns.
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