Background

The Senate voted March 31 to confirm Alan Estevez as under secretary of Commerce for industry and security, where he will take over leadership of the Bureau of Industry and Security at a time when its responsibilities are expanding to include enforcement of new controls on exports to Russia.

Estevez comes to BIS after several years as a national security strategy and logistics executive with a private-sector consulting firm. Previously he spent 36 years with the Department of Defense, most recently as principal deputy under secretary for acquisition, technology, and logistics. Earlier in his career he was the first career federal official to hold the position of assistant secretary for logistics and materiel readiness.

BIS, an agency already tasked with a broad range of export-related responsibilities, recently imposed new controls on exports to Russia in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine.

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