CBP Chief Closer to Confirmation, Senior Trade Officials Advance
On Feb. 6 the Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved the nomination of R. Gil Kerlikowske as commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Kerlikowske has been director of national drug control policy since 2009 and 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. It is not clear when the full Senate will vote on Kerlikowske’s nomination.
On Feb. 12 the Senate confirmed Apple Inc. vice president of worldwide government affairs Catherine Novelli as undersecretary for economic growth, energy and the environment at the State Department. Novelli served in various positions at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative from 1991 to 2005, including eight years as assistant USTR for Europe and the Mediterranean. Earlier in her career she served in the office of the general counsel at the Department of Commerce.
Also on Feb. 12 the president announced his intention to nominate D. Nathan Sheets as undersecretary for international affairs at the Treasury Department. Sheets has served as the global head of international economics at Citigroup since September 2011. Previously he worked at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for 18 years in a variety of positions, including director of the Division of International Finance and economist to the Federal Open Market Committee.