A little known bureau within the Department of Commerce called the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is on the front lines for strategic trade control. While actions it’s involved with, such as Entity List designations, may be better known, its stated mission is to “advance U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economic objectives by ensuring an effective export control and treaty compliance system and promoting continued U.S. strategic technology leadership.”
In recent weeks, the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times have speculated about who will be tapped to lead the 450-person bureau, which can now impose restrictions for human rights reasons. Beyond questions about who will be at the helm, additional questions about the bureau’s role in policy, if it’s housed in the right department, if it has the resources it needs to address today’s challenges, and more are being raised.
China Tech Threat is examining these questions and sharing insight and resources on the #FutureOfBIS here.
In the Running for the Top BIS Post
Importance of Crucial BIS Post in International Spotlight
by Roslyn Layton
Biden Administration Giving Attention to Semiconductor Supply Chains by Roslyn Layton
Summarizing CSET on Security Without Collateral Damage by Roslyn Layton
In the News
Raimondo Has Won Confirmation, But the Fight to Restrict Export Technology to China Continues
by U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul
US China Hawks Wage Battle Over Commerce Department Post by Demetri Sevastopulo
Defense contractor interviewed for key U.S. Commerce post: source by Karen Freifeld
Beat China: Targeted Decoupling and the Economic Long War
by the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton