Contributing Lawyers


Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross


Andrew Hudson

U.S. Government Reorganization for Trade Agencies

On March 11, 2011, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum to establish the Government Reform for Competitiveness and Innovation Initiative, which is designed to provide input to the President and Congress during the process of restructuring and streamlining the federal agencies that deal with international trade, import, and export. The Memorandum can be found at

The departments and agencies likely impacted are Commerce, Energy, State, U.S. Trade Representative, International Trade Administration, Foreign Agricultural Service, Export-Import Bank, Agency for International Development, Overseas Private Investment Corp., Small Business Administration, U.S. Trade and Development Agency, and the Office of Foreign Assets Control. Exactly how they will be impacted remains to be seen.

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