April 14, 2015
Balancing National Security, Foreign Policy
and U.S. Exports
The Commerce Department protects our national security by enforcing our export controls. The Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security controls what items may be sold abroad and which countries or specific importers are eligible to purchase from U.S. exporters. Eric Hirschhorn, the Under Secretary of Commerce who heads the Bureau, will discuss an Obama Administration export control reform initiative that strengthens our national security while reducing the burden on business. He also will speak about recent export control policy changes for countries such as Cuba and Russia.
Undersecretary of Commerce
Bureau of Industry and Security
Mr. Hirschhorn oversees the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), the Commerce agency that advances U.S. national security, foreign policy and economic objectives by ensuring an effective export control and treaty compliance system and promoting U.S. strategic technology leadership. President Barack Obama appointed Mr. Hirschhorn on March 29, 2010.
Mr. Hirschhorn most recently was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Winston & Strawn LLP.