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Transnational Bribery Dialogue

Deputy General Counsel for Strategic Initiatives, Dawn Yamane Hewett, speaking
On October 27th, 2014, Department of Commerce Deputy General Counsel for Strategic Initiatives Dawn Hewett and the Office of the General Counsel hosted the Fifth U.S. – China Transnational Bribery Dialogue under the auspices of the Ninth Joint Liaison Group Anti-Corruption Working Group (JLG ACWG), a bilateral law enforcement dialogue led by the U.S. Justice and State Departments. The U.S.-China Transnational Bribery Dialogue, first held in 2010, is a bilateral initiative aimed at fostering discussion and sharing best practices on transnational bribery laws and compliance, with a view to decreasing trade barriers such as bribery in international business transactions. The Chinese delegation was led by the Ministry of Supervision, and included representatives from the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Justice, as well as the People’s Bank of China.   Private sector representatives from business associations, U.S. companies, and law firms also participated in the dialogue and asked questions about the Chinese anticorruption campaign and China’s enforcement of its foreign bribery law.  The U.S. and Chinese government representatives agreed on the importance of fighting transnational bribery and working together to improve the international business environment for all of our companies.

Leading Our Team: The Office of General Counsel Senior Management Retreat

Deputy General Counsel Justin Antonipillai discussing Secretary's initiative

This year the Office of General Counsel hosted its yearly Senior Management Retreat at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The retreat started with an open and engaging conversation with White House Counsel, Neil Eggleston who discussed his experiences in the federal government and its utility in supporting the Obama Administration as White House Counsel.

In support of Secretary Pritzker’s “America is Open for Business” Agenda, the Office of the General Counsel hosted two panel sessions supporting Strategic Goals Two and Three, Innovation and Environment. One panel focused on the overall lifecycle of innovation and was led by Vikrum Aiyer, Deputy Chief of Staff for the United States Patent and Trademark Office and Gregory Godbout, Deputy Associate Administrator and Executive Director of 18F at the General Services Administration. On environment, the additional panel focused on the impact of climate change and the Administration’s response with guest speakers Brandi Colander, Counselor to the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management at the Department of the Interior and Tom Karl, Director of the National Climatic Data Center for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Deputy General Counsel Justin Antonipillai discussed the Secretary’s vision on management, mentoring, and training at the Commerce Department