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White House Creates Interagency Office for International Trade Regulation

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President Obama issued an executive order Tuesday calling for the establishment of an interagency office that will regulate international trade practices.

The Trade Enforcement Center will be launched within the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

The new center aims to coordinate U.S. trade rights under international agreements and monitor unfair trade practices, specifically with China.

The center also aims to encourage interagency cooperation and will coordinate with the departments of State, Treasury, Justice, Commerce, Agriculture and Homeland Security to address trade enforcement concerns.

The White House‘s requested $26 million fiscal year 2013 budget takes $24 million from the Commerce Department and $2 million from the USTR to fund the center and personnel.

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said this is the most significant resource commitment to trade enforcement in 50 years, according to Federal News Radio.

Kirk will select the center’s first director, Federal News Radio reported.

Commerce Secretary John Bryson will delegate a senior Commerce official that will serve as deputy director.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper will give a recommendation on who to appoint as the office’s intelligence community liaison.

USTR officers expect ITEC leadership recruitment to finish within 90 days.

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