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One Trade Official Advances in Senate, Others Likely to Follow Suit This Week

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved Jan. 13 the nomination of Arun Kumar to be assistant secretary of commerce for trade promotion and director of the U.S. Foreign and Commercial Service. Kumar recently retired as a partner from KPMG after 18 years, during which time he also led its West Coast Finance Management Consulting and U.S.-India practices. Earlier in his career he served as CEO and CFO of a number of information technology firms.

On Jan. 15 the Senate Finance Committee is expected to again favorably report the nomination of Rhonda Schmidtlein, a former associate general counsel with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and most recently a consultant to the World Bank, to be a member of the International Trade Commission.

Also on Jan. 15 Senate Finance will hold a hearing to consider the nomination of R. Gil Kerlikowske to be commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Kerlikowske has been director of national drug control policy since 2009 and previously served as the deputy director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services at the Department of Justice. He has 37 years of law enforcement and drug policy experience, including nine years as chief of police in Seattle, Wash., and five years as police commissioner in Buffalo, N.Y.

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