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The Under Secretary for International Trade
is a position within the United States Department of Commerce
The United States Department of Commerce is the Cabinet department of the United States government concerned with promoting economic growth. It was originally created as the United States Department of Commerce and Labor on February 14, 1903...
that leads the International Trade Administration. The Under Secretary also serves as a member of the Tourism Policy Council and the National Intellectual Property Council. 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 Frank Sanchez
Francisco J. Sánchez is the Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade at the Department of Commerce.- Early life and education :...
The Under Secretary is appointed by the President
The President of the United States of America is the head of state and head of government of the United States. The president leads the executive branch of the federal government and is the commander-in-chief of the United States Armed Forces....
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, meaning he or she receives a basic annual salary of $152,000 as of 2006. Previous Under Secretaries include Franklin L. Lavin, Acting Under Secretary Rhonda Keenum
Rhonda Newman Keenum is a lobbyist for The WIT Group and former Republican operative who worked for President George W. Bush.-Career:Rhonda Keenum served as Director of the Office of Public Liaison from August 2006 to February...
, and Robert S. LaRussa.