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U.S. Commerce Department General Counsel Cameron F. Kerry Delivers Final Policy Address at the German Marshall Fund of the United States

General Counsel Cameron F. Kerry at the German Marshall Fund of the United States

On August 28, 2013, General Counsel Cameron F. Kerry delivered a policy address at the German Marshall Fund on the international impact of privacy and security issues.  Please click the link for the remarks, entitled "The Impact of Privacy and National Security on International Commerce in the Digital Age."  The speech reflected on the work of the Commerce Department to sustain and promote the digital economy.  General Counsel Kerry described work on privacy legislation and international engagement and expressed concern that any step back from the US-EU Safe Harbor Framework would "set the trading relationship between the U.S. and EU backward...."

NIST, DOJ Form Commission to Develop Guidelines for Forensic Labs

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology and the U.S. Department of Justice announced on February 15, 2013 the establishment of a National Commission to Develop Guidelines for Forensic  Labs. http://www.commerce.gov/blog/2013/02/21/nist-doj-form-commission-develop-guidelines-forensic-labs

The Commercial Law Development Program Assists the Egyptian Customs with Integrity Program Roll Out

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On January 9-16, the Commercial Law Development Program and the Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Administration held ethics training for Egyptian Customs Authority (ECA) officials in Alexandria, Port Said, and Cairo. The training supports the ECA’s implementation of a comprehensive integrity program, to include the adoption of Ethics rules and guidelines, as well as a plan to engage key stakeholders.  For further information on the program, see the CLDP website: www.cldp.doc.gov

2012 Annual Office of General Counsel Awards Ceremony

On Thursday, December 6, 2012 General Counsel Kerry presided over the Office of General Counsel Annual Awards Ceremony.  He was joined by Acting Secretary Blank who delivered remarks, thanking the office for their tireless work over the past year.  The Acting Secretary acknowledged the great assistance that the office’s attorneys and support staff have provided to her and the entire Department of Commerce.

General Counsel Kerry detailed the broad range of accomplishments achieved by the OGC office over the past year.  He highlighted the successful litigation of the GPX case and efforts to move legislation through Congress as a result.  He also applauded contributions to various other litigation, legislation, reforms and regulation matters handled over the past year by each office within OGC.

GC Kerry and Deputy General Counsel Geovette Washington presented the Attorney of the Year Awards and the Support Staff of the Year Award.  The 2012 recipients are:

Attorney of the Year – Daniel Calhoun – Office of the Chief Counsel for Import Administration

Daniel was instrumental in insuring that Import Administration can, as a matter of domestic law, implement the WTO disputes on zeroing in a coherent process and has been a central player in disputes regarding antidumping and countervailing duty laws.

Support Staff of the Year – Stephanie Dyer – Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Administration, Ethics Law and Programs Division

Stephanie performed outstanding work in implementing a new financial disclosure report electronic filing system and the new reporting requirements of the STOCK Act, which were enacted earlier in 2012. 

Nine Office of General Counsel Attorneys Admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court

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On Monday, November 9, 2012 General Counsel Cameron Kerry moved to admit nine attorneys from the Office of the General Counsel to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.  Pictured with General Counsel Kerry are the following (from left to right):  George Kivork, Joseph Bartels, Michelle McClelland, John Broderick, Geovette Washington, Shraddha Upadhyaya, Kathryn Kempton, Michelle Branigan, and Megan Walline.

OGC CFC Kickoff Kickball Game

The Kerry CFC "Cam"-paigners and the Washington Whirlwind after their 3-3 tie kickball game in support of the Combined Federal Campaign

The Department of Commerce Office of the General Counsel kicked off their 2012 Combined Federal Campaign drive by hosting an office-wide CFC Kickoff Kickball game.  Celebrity guest, Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca M. Blank, rolled out the first pitch to start a friendly but spirited competition pitting the Kerry CFC "Cam"-paigners, led by General Counsel Cameron Kerry, against the Washington Whirlwinds, captained by Deputy General Counsel Geovette Washington.  The teams battled to a 3-3 tied.  The real winner was the Combined Federal Campaign as the event raised awareness of the campaign and raised over $350 for the CFC undesignated fund.

General Counsel Kerry Delivers Remarks at Iraq Finance Conference

On June 27, 2012, General Counsel Cameron F. Kerry delivered remarks at the Iraq Finance Conference.  Below is a copy of his remarks.

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GC Kerry discusses the US approach to privacy at an American Chamber of Commerce event in Italy

Panel at American Chamber of Commerce event in Italy

On June 21, 2012, General Counsel Kerry attended a privacy event in Italy -- Data Protection and Privacy Regulation: What Impact on Businesses and Consumers?

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General Counsel Kerry Travels to the EU to Discuss US-EU Commercial Data Privacy Efforts

On June 20, General Counsel Cameron F. Kerry arrived in Rome, Italy for the second leg of his trip to Europe to engage with senior government and private sector officials on consumer data privacy.  As President Obama said in the Administration’s policy blueprint, Consumer Data Privacy in a Networked World: A Framework for Protecting Privacy and Promoting Innovation in the Global Digital Economy (Privacy Blueprint), “[n]ever has privacy been more important than today, in the age of the Internet, the World Wide Web and smart phones.”  The Commerce Department is committed to protecting consumer privacy while encouraging innovation, entrepreneurship, and supporting jobs and growth.

Commerce Department’s NTIA Announces First Privacy Multistakeholder Process Topic

Friday, the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced the first topic for the multistakeholder process called for by the Obama Administration's Consumer Privacy Blueprint.  On July 12th, 2012, NTIA will convene stakeholders to begin developing codes of conduct to provide transparency in how companies providing applications and interactive services for mobile devices handle personal data.  More information about the first multistakeholder process is available at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/headlines/2012/first-privacy-multistakeholder-meeting-july-12-2012, and a blog post from NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling is available at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/blog/2012/putting-consumer-privacy-bill-rights-practice.