For Immediate Release: December 13, 2004
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The U.S. Department of Commerce is pleased to announce that Wendy L. Wysong has assumed the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement in the Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), effective today. Ms. Wysong will serve as the senior career executive in the Export Enforcement arm of BIS. She also becomes acting Assistant Secretary, pending the nomination and confirmation of a new Assistant Secretary to fill the current vacancy in that position.
Ms. Wysong will help lead BIS’s activities to protect U.S. national security and foreign policy interests by vigorously enforcing the export control and antiboycott provisions of the Export Administration Regulations. BIS conducts its enforcement activities through eight field offices, one resident office, and five overseas attaches, as well as headquarters staff in Washington, DC.
"Wendy Wysong’s experience and leadership skills will strengthen BIS’s efforts to enforce the U.S. export control laws and regulations that are essential to American security and prosperity. Her demonstrated ability to work effectively with other law enforcement agencies is a true asset to BIS," said Under Secretary of Commerce Kenneth I. Juster, who announced the hiring of Ms. Wysong.
Prior to joining BIS, Ms. Wysong served in the Justice Department for 16 years, most recently as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. Working in the Transnational/Major Crimes Section, she was responsible for overseeing the investigation, indictment, and trial of export fraud cases. Before working in the international area, she also prosecuted public corruption cases.
Ms. Wysong graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1981 and received her law degree in 1984 from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was a member of the law review. She clerked for U.S. District Judge Stanley S. Harris of the District of Columbia and later worked at the law firm of Hogan & Hartson, before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 1989.