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Office of the United States Trade Representative

600 Seventeenth Street NW., Washington, DC 20508

202-395-3230
http://www.ustr.gov

UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Robert E. Lighthizer
Deputy U.S. Trade Representative–Geneva (vacancy)
Deputy U.S. Trade Representative–Washington (vacancy)
Deputy U.S. Trade Representative–Washington (vacancy)

Chief Agricultural Negotiator (vacancy)
Chief of Staff Jamieson L. Greer
Director, Interagency Center on Trade Implementation, Monitoring and Enforcement (vacancy)
General Counsel Stephen Vaughn

ASSISTANT U.S. TRADE REPRESENTATIVES

ASSISTANT U.S. TRADE REPRESENTATIVES
Administration Fed Ames
African Affairs (vacancy)
Agricultural Affairs Sharon Bomer Lauritsen
South and Central Asian Affairs Mark Linscott
China Affairs Terrence J. McCartin, Acting
Congressional Affairs Christopher Jackson
Environment and Natural Resources Jennifer Prescott
Europe and Middle East Affairs L. Daniel Mullaney
Innovation and Intellectual Property (vacancy)
Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement (vacancy)
Japan, Korea, and Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Affairs Michael Beeman
Labor Lewis Karesh
Monitoring and Enforcement Juan Millan
Private Sector Engagement (vacancy)
Public and Media Affairs (vacancy)
Services and Investment Daniel Bahar
Small Business, Market Access and Industrial Competitiveness James Sanford
Southeast Asia and Pacific Affairs Barbara Weisel
Textiles William Jackson
Trade Policy and Economic Affairs Edward Gresser
Western Hemisphere John Melle
World Trade Organization (WTO) and Multilateral Affairs Dawn Shackleford

The United States Trade Representative formulates trade policy for and directs all trade negotiations of the United States.

Organizational Chart

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative was created as the Office of the Special Representative for Trade Negotiations by Executive Order 11075 of January 15, 1963. The Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2171) established the Office as an agency of the Executive Office of the President charged with administering the trade agreements program.

https://ustr.gov/about-us/history

The Office sets and administers overall trade policy. The U.S. Trade Representative heads the Office and serves as the President's principal adviser, negotiator, and spokesperson on international trade and investment issues. The Representative acts as the chief representative of the United States in all General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade activities; in Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development discussions, meetings, and negotiations that deal primarily with commodity issues and trade; in U.N. Conference on Trade and Development negotiations and other multilateral institution negotiations that deal primarily with commodity issues and trade; in other bilateral and multilateral negotiations that deal primarily with commodities or trade, including East-West trade; in negotiations under sections 704 and 734 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1671c and 1673c); and in negotiations on direct investment incentives and disincentives and on bilateral investment issues concerning barriers to investment.

The Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 codified these authorities and added additional authority, including the implementation of section 301 actions that enforce U.S. rights under international trade agreements.

The U.S. Trade Representative serves as a Cabinet-level official with the rank of Ambassador and reports directly to the President. The Chief Agricultural Negotiator and three Deputy U.S. Trade Representatives also hold the rank of Ambassador—two of the deputies are located in Washington, DC, and the other serves in Geneva, Switzerland.

The U.S. Trade Representative is also an ex officio member on the boards of directors of the Export-Import Bank and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. The Representative also serves on the National Advisory Council on International Monetary and Financial Policy.

https://ustr.gov/about-us

Sources of Information

Blog

"Tradewinds" is the official blog of the U.S. Trade Representative.

https://ustr.gov/tradewinds

Factsheets

The U.S. Trade Representative releases factsheets on trade issues.

https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/fact-sheets

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Requests must be made in writing: Freedom of Information Officer, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, 1724 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20508. Security procedures can slow down mail receipt and processing. Sending a request by email or fax avoids security-related delays. To facilitate finding the desired information, a record description must contain key details—author, date, recipient, subject matter, title or name. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative operates a FOIA requestor service center. Phone, 202-395-3419. Fax, 202-395-9458.

https://ustr.gov/about-us/reading-room/freedom-information-act-foia | Email: FOIA@ustr.eop.gov

The electronic reading room contains information that is made available on a routine basis to the public. It also features documents that are frequently requested under the FOIA. This collection of online documents continues to grow as records in which the public expresses an interest are added.

https://ustr.gov/about-us/reading-room/freedom-information-act-foia/electronic-reading-room

History

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy created a new Office of the Special Trade Representative in the Executive Office of the President and designated two new Deputies, one in the Nation's capital and the other in Geneva, Switzerland. The rest of the story is available on the Web site of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

https://ustr.gov/about-us/history

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative posted "Facts About Trade" to commemorate its 50th anniversary.

https://ustr.gov/50/facts

Key Issues

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative focuses it's trade policy on 14 issue areas: agriculture, economy and trade, enforcement, environment, government procurement, industry and manufacturing, intellectual property, labor, preference programs, services and investment, small business, textiles and apparel, trade and development, and trade organizations.

https://ustr.gov/issue-areas

Map

The United States has trade relations with more than 75 countries worldwide.

https://ustr.gov/countries-regions

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

The Web site of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative features facts on the NAFTA.

https://ustr.gov/trade-agreements/free-trade-agreements/north-american-free-trade-agreement-nafta

Open Government

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative supports the Open Government initiative by promoting the principles of collaboration, participation, and transparency.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/open/around/eop/ustr

Press Releases

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative posts press releases on its Web site.

https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/press-releases

Reports / Publications

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative posts reports and publications on its Web site.

https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/reports-and-publications

Social Media

The U.S. Trade Representative tweets announcements and other newsworthy items on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/USTradeRep

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has a Facebook account.

https://www.facebook.com/USTradeRep

Speeches / Transcripts

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative posts transcriptions of public remarks made by its senior staff.

https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/speeches

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T–TIP)

The Web site of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative features a T–TIP issue-by-issue information center.

https://ustr.gov/trade-agreements/free-trade-agreements/transatlantic-trade-and-investment-partnership-t-tip/t-tip

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

The Office of the U.S Trade Representative has answered frequently asked questions regarding the TPP on its Web site.

https://ustr.gov/tpp/#facts
https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office

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