Kevin J. Wolf was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration on February 19, 2010. Prior to his joining the Obama Administration, he was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Bryan Cave LLP. His practice over the course of his nearly 17 years with the firm covered most aspects of the law and policy of international trade, but focused on the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the antiboycott regulations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and multilateral trade controls. From 1996-1997, he was the Assistant Special Counsel to the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct. He has a B.A. degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a M.A. from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.
The Assistant Secretary assists and advises the Under Secretary on the development of policies pertaining to Export Administration issues. The Assistant Secretary also provides overall direction to and management of the national security, nonproliferation, foreign policy, national defense, and strategic industrial resource functions delegated to BIS, which include issuing related regulations, representing the Department on interagency committees dealing with BIS issues, representing the Department in domestic and international fora that address such issues, and chairing the Advisory Committee on Export Policy. In addition, the Assistant Secretary directs the Office of Strategic Industries and Economic Security (SIES), the Office of Nonproliferation and Treaty Compliance (NPTC), the Office of National Security and Technology Transfer Controls (NSTTC), the Office of Exporter Services (OExS), and the Office of Technology Evaluation (OTE).