Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade


Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade

The Under Secretary for International Trade is a position within the United States Department of Commerce that leads the International Trade Administration. The Under Secretary also serves as a member of the Tourism Policy Council [cite web | title="US CODE: Title 22,2124. Tourism Policy Council" | url=http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode22/usc_sec_22_00002124----000-.html | accessdate= September 22 | accessyear= 2007 ] and the National Intellectual Property Council. [cite web | title="US CODE: Title 15,1128. National Intellectual Property Law Enforcement Coordination Council" | url=http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode15/usc_sec_15_00001128----000-.html | accessdate= September 22 | accessyear= 2007 ] The Under Secretary participates in the development of U.S. trade policy; identifies and resolves market access and compliance issues; administers U.S. trade laws; and undertakes a range of trade promotion and trade advocacy efforts. The current Under Secretary for International Trade is Christopher A. Padilla.cite web | title="trade.gov - Christopher A. Padilla" | url=http://trade.gov/press/bios/padilla.asp | accessdate= September 26 | accessyear= 2007 ]

The Under Secretary is appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate. The position was created as a result of a June 16, 1982 law that did not require for an Under Secretary for International Trade until January 1, 1989. The Under Secretary is paid on a rate paytable for Level III of the Executive Schedule, [cite web | title="US CODE: Title 19,2171. Structure, functions, powers, and personnel" | url=http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode19/usc_sec_19_00002171----000-notes.html | accessdate= September 22 | accessyear= 2007 ] meaning he or she receives a basic annual salary of $152,000 as of 2006. [cite web | title="Salary Table 2006-EX" | url=http://www.opm.gov/oca/06tables/html/ex.asp | accessdate= September 22 | accessyear= 2007 ] Previous Under Secretaries include Franklin L. Lavin, [cite web | title="Remarks By Under Secretary for International Trade Franklin L. Lavin Before The American Chamber Of Commerce" | url=http://merida.usconsulate.gov/merida/Story1.html | accessdate= September 26 | accessyear= 2007 ] Acting Under Secretary Rhoda Keenum, [cite web | title="BCAST-ARCHIVE archives -- 2005 (#71)" | url=http://dir.commerce.gov/cgi-bin/WA.EXE?A2=ind05&L=bcast-archive&D=1&F=l&T=0&P=6984 | accessdate= September 26 | accessyear= 2007 ] and Robert S. LaRussa. [cite web | title="Clinton Presidential Center "President Names Larussa Under Secretary for International Trade"" | url=http://www.clintonpresidentialcenter.org/legacy/052300-president-names-larussa-under-secretary-for-international-trade.htm | accessdate= September 26 | accessyear= 2007 ]

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