After the November 8, 2016 elections, Washington is preparing for a new Congress and the transition of power from eight years of the Democratic Obama administration to the Republican administration of President-elect Donald Trump. As the incoming president builds his transition team and sets out his policy priorities, Steptoe will examine what these changes may mean for international trade and economic sanctions regimes, global businesses and their compliance obligations, and the international regulatory community.
On January 20, 2017, President-elect Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. One of his first responsibilities will be appointing Cabinet officials and nominating other senior government leaders to implement his policy priorities. The transition team reportedly is specifically seeking officials with business experience, which could be a boon for businesses that must comply with a sometimes-dizzying array of international trade regulations promulgated by the Departments of Commerce, Treasury, and State. However, these licensing and enforcement agencies may struggle with “brain drain” if a number of political appointees and career bureaucrats – who are responsible for implementing complex export controls and economic sanctions regulations – are replaced with newcomers lacking regulatory experience.
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