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BIS Mission: Advance U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economic objectives by ensuring an effective export control and treaty compliance system and promoting continued U.S. strategic technology leadership.

Senior Leadership

Executive Leadership

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Alan F. Estevez
Under Secretary

Alan F. Estevez

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Alan F. Estevez

Under Secretary

Alan F. Estevez serves as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security. As Under Secretary, Mr. Estevez leads the Bureau of Industry and Security, which advances U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economic objectives by ensuring an effective export control and treaty compliance system and promoting U.S. strategic technology leadership.

Mr. Estevez arrived at BIS following an accomplished 36-year career at the Department of Defense, including in two Senate-confirmed leadership positions. His last position at the Department of Defense was Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology & Logistics), where he was responsible for developing, implementing, and managing acquisition, contracting, installation, and logistics programs and policies that increased combat effectiveness, as well as the department’s efficiency and buying power.

Prior to his last government appointment, Mr. Estevez held several key positions within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, including as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness. In this position, he was responsible for providing world class military logistics support to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. He was the first career Federal official to hold this position. Mr. Estevez also served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Material Readiness. Mr. Estevez has been honored numerous times, including three Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medals, the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, two Presidential Rank Awards, and the Service to America Medal (SAMMIE) for National Security.

 


 

Most recently, Mr. Estevez served as a national security strategy and logistics executive with Deloitte Consulting, where he worked with clients to innovate and transform their acquisition, contracting, logistics, and supply chain operations.

Mr. Estevez holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers University and a Master of Science in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University.


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Greg Capella
Deputy Under Secretary

Gregory Capella

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Greg Capella

Deputy Under Secretary

On July 18, 2022, Greg Capella joined the Bureau of Industry and Security as the Deputy Under Secretary.

Previously, Greg led the National Technical Information Service as the Deputy Director and then as the Acting Director. Greg drove the redefinition of the NTIS mission to address Congressional and Departmental of Commerce concerns that peaked when Congress introduced the NTIS Elimination Act. Greg inspired the organization to rapidly transform from its data repository and publishing origins to providing leading edge data science services to Federal Agencies. Greg accomplished this transition within the solely fee-for-service organization without additional funding, even after over 60% of the prior services that were funding the organization were discontinued.

Prior to this role, Greg served in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), first as the Deputy Executive Director of Enterprise Systems Development Office and then as the Acting Executive Director. In this role, he significantly increased the ability of every DHS Component to share data and resources, encouraging synergies between the recently formed Department, and instituted multiple Cloud-based shared services.

Greg came to DHS from the commercial sector where he was the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of a commercial information technology firm and also served as a Director at a large, information technology and analytics corporation.

Greg retired from the U.S. Air Force after completing a career that encompassed various high technology research and development initiatives, including support to satellite and space shuttle launches; leading an organization providing electronic warfare analyses, including during Desert Storm; providing new technology for gathering and analyzing infrared and ultraviolet emissions from weapon systems; and supporting nuclear command and control systems.

Greg has a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy. Greg also holds a patent for online banking technologies.


Export Administration

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Thea D. Rozman Kendler
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration

Thea D. Rozman Kendler

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Thea D. Rozman Kendler

Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration

Thea D. Rozman Kendler was sworn in as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration at the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), following unanimous confirmation by the United States Senate. In this role, Ms. Kendler leads Export Administration’s highly trained technical professionals in controlling the export of dual-use and military items for national security and foreign policy reasons, analyzing the impact of export controls, and supporting the U.S. defense industrial base. Among other responsibilities, Ms. Kendler chairs the Advisory Committee on Export Policy (ACEP), which resolves interagency policy disputes related to export license applications submitted to BIS. To advance U.S. national security and foreign policy interests, Ms. Kendler regularly engages with Congress, industry, academia, and other stakeholders on the nature and scope of BIS’s activities and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

Ms. Kendler joined BIS as an experienced export controls, sanctions, and national security attorney. Before joining the Biden-Harris Administration, she was a prosecutor in the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, handling complex investigations and prosecutions affecting U.S. national security and strategic trade controls.  From 2004-2014, Ms. Kendler served in BIS’s counsel’s office, where she provided legal advice to BIS’s Export Administration and Export Enforcement branches, including during the initial years of Export Control Reform. Before joining the federal government, Ms. Kendler practiced in the international trade group of a global law firm.

Ms. Kendler received her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. While in law school, she received a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) grant from the U.S. Department of Education to further her Chinese language study.  Ms. Kendler earned her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, with a concentration in the School of Public and International Affairs and certificates in East Asian Studies and Chinese Culture.  She has studied Chinese, Japanese, and Russian, and lived in Japan as a teenager.  Ms. Kendler’s public service is inspired by gratitude to the United States for enabling her family’s immigration as post-World War II refugees.  Originally from New Jersey, Ms. Kendler now lives in Maryland.


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Matthew S. Borman
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Export Administration

Matthew S. Borman

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Matthew S. Borman

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Export Administration

Matthew S. Borman currently serves as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration. In this position‚ Mr. Borman is responsible for implementing the Bureau of Industry and Security's (BIS) controls on the export of dual-use and military items for national security‚ nonproliferation, and foreign policy reasons. He is also responsible for BIS’s programs to ensure that industrial resources are available to meet national and economic security requirements‚ including section 232 import investigations and defense industrial base surveys, BIS's implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Additional Protocol to the US-IAEA Agreement. In addition‚ he oversees BIS's Deputy Assistant Secretaries for Strategic Trade and Technology Security. Mr. Borman previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary from 2001-2024, during which time he oversaw sweeping national security controls to counter China’s military-civil fusion strategy, played a key role in developing and implementing US and allied strategic trade restrictions on Russia, led updates to the Export Control Reform initiative, and developed secure trade policies with Cuba, among other achievements.  Prior to his appointment as Deputy Assistant Secretary‚ Mr. Borman served as Acting Chief of the Enforcement and Litigation Division of the Office of Chief Counsel for Export Administration. As division chief‚ he was responsible for providing legal advice to the Export Enforcement unit of BIS‚ including the adjudication of administrative enforcement actions.

Mr. Borman entered the Commerce Department in 1992 as an attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel for Export Administration. As an attorney in that office‚ Mr. Borman was responsible for a variety of matters‚ including attempts to revise the Export Administration Act‚ Congressional‚ General Accounting Office and Office of Inspector General investigations and studies‚ Freedom of Information Act requests‚ and export control cooperation with foreign governments. Before entering government service, Mr. Borman represented clients in a variety of trade, regulatory and pro bono matters in private practice.

Mr. Borman received his B.A. in History from Northwestern University‚ his M.A. from Northeastern University‚ and his J.D. from New York University School of Law.


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Deputy Assistant Secretary for Strategic Trade

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The Deputy Assistant Secretary for Strategic Trade (DAS/ST) is responsible for export controls licensing, regulatory policy, and outreach and training activities within the Bureau of Industry and Security’s Export Administration (EA).  

Reporting to the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) for EA, the DAS/ST implements the Export Control Reform Act of 2018, the Export Administration Regulations, and Executive Order 12981.  The incumbent is responsible for the effective operations of EA’s Strategic Trade branch, which comprises the Office of Exporter Services (OExS), Office of National Security Controls (ONS), Office of Nonproliferation and Foreign Policy Controls (NPFP), and End-User Review Committee (ERC).  
 


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Deputy Assistant Secretary for Technology Security

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The Deputy Assistant Secretary for Technology Security (DAS/TS) leads the Bureau of Industry and Security’s Export Administration (EA) analysis and development of policy related to U.S. technological leadership, including as relates to critical and emerging technology, foreign availability of technology, strategic trade flows, the U.S. defense industrial base, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States process, and the effectiveness of export control measures.
  
Reporting to the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) for EA, the DAS/TS implements the Export Control Reform Act of 2018 (ECRA), the Export Administration Regulations, sections 232 and 705 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, and defense industrial base work including provisions under the Defense Production Act of 1950.  The incumbent is responsible for the effective operations of EA’s Technology Security branch, which comprises the Office of Technology Evaluation (OTE) and the Office of Strategic Industries and Economic Security (SIES).
 


Export Enforcement

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Matthew S. Axelrod
Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement

Matthew S. Axelrod

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Matthew S. Axelrod

Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement

Matthew S. Axelrod currently serves as the Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security, a position to which he was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate in December 2021.

In this capacity, Matt leads a cadre of special agents and analysts dedicated to a singular mission – keeping our country’s most sensitive technologies out of the world’s most dangerous hands. Matt and his team help protect U.S. national security by enforcing the country’s export control laws. They work to prevent exports of sensitive goods and technologies that can be put to malign purposes like weapons-of-mass-destruction proliferation, military and military-intelligence applications, terrorism, and human rights abuses. They also work to ensure that U.S. persons do not participate in unsanctioned foreign boycotts. Matt also co-leads the Disruptive Technology Strike Force, an interagency law enforcement strike force that targets illicit actors, protects supply chains, and prevents critical technology from being acquired by authoritarian regimes and hostile nation-states.

A longtime public servant with deep criminal and national security enforcement experience, Matt previously spent over thirteen years at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), serving as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Florida and then in a series of high-level jobs at DOJ headquarters. From 2015 to 2017, Matt served as the Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General, one of DOJ’s highest-ranking officials. In that role, he advised the Deputy Attorney General and Attorney General on DOJ’s most significant issues, including the most consequential criminal and national security enforcement matters. Matt directly supervised a staff of twenty-five lawyers and helped to oversee DOJ’s workforce of 113,000 employees, including all of its prosecutors and law enforcement agents. In 2021, he rejoined DOJ on Inauguration Day as part of the senior leadership team, serving as Senior Counselor in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General.

Matt has also previously served as Special Counsel in the Office of the White House Counsel, where he worked on both domestic and national security matters, and as a partner in an international law firm, where he did internal investigations and white-collar defense work on behalf of companies and individuals. Matt was also one of the founding corps members at City Year, a forerunner and inspiration for the eventual AmeriCorps national service program.

Matt received his B.A. cum laude from Amherst College and his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was Notes Editor for the Yale Law Journal. Following law school, Matt clerked for the Honorable Ralph K. Winter, Jr. on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and for the Honorable Janet C. Hall on the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.


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Kevin J. Kurland
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement

Kevin Kurland

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Kevin J. Kurland

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement

Mr. Kurland is responsible for implementing BIS’s export enforcement program, overseeing a dedicated team of analysts and Special Agents that enforce BIS’s export control and antiboycott missions. BIS Special Agents are located in 30 domestic locations and seven embassies/consulates around the globe.

Mr. Kurland previously served as BIS’s Deputy Chief of Staff-Policy for the Under Secretary for Industry and Security from 2019-2021, Director of the Office of Enforcement Analysis from 2011-2021, and member of the White House Task Force on Export Control Reform from 2009-2017.

Mr. Kurland also previously served BIS as Acting Chief of Staff for Export Administration from 2009-2011, Director of the Office of Technology Evaluation from 2006-2011, and Director of the Treaty Compliance Division from 2002-2006.

Prior to joining BIS in 1997, he worked as an international trade analyst at Graham & James, LLC.

Mr. Kurland holds an M.A. in Comparative Regional Studies Europe from The American University and a B.A. in International Relations from Syracuse University.

In December 2021, Mr. Kurland was awarded the Presidential Rank Meritorious Executive Award.


Chief Strategy Officer

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Steven Emme
Chief Strategy Officer

Steven Emme

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Steven Emme

Chief Strategy Officer

Steven Emme serves as Chief Strategy Officer for the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), where he helps guide the regulations, policies, and strategic planning of the bureau.
 
Mr. Emme initially joined the Biden-Harris Administration as Chief of Staff for BIS and served in that role for nearly three years.  Previously, during the Obama-Biden Administration, he served as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Export Administration.  In that position, he focused on the development and implementation of the Export Control Reform initiative, which involved significant changes to the U.S. export control system to help further military interoperability with U.S. allies and partner countries.  He began his BIS career as a member of the Regulatory Policy Division, where he drafted regulations, handled advisory opinions, and spoke on export controls at seminars across the country.
 
In addition to his government service, Mr. Emme was an attorney in the international trade group of a global law firm in Washington, DC and at a global law firm in Houston, Texas.  In those positions, he counseled organizations on compliance with U.S. export controls administered by BIS and the Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, as well as the sanctions regulations administered by the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.
 
Mr. Emme has a JD from the University of Minnesota Law School and a BS in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He also studied in Russia and Sweden.


Chief of Staff

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BIS Chief of Staff

Benjamin Haas

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BIS Chief of Staff


Management

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Keven Valentin
Chief Financial Officer and Director of Administration

Keven Valentin

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Keven Valentin

Chief Financial Officer and Director of Administration

Mr. Valentin leads the Financial Management, Budgetary, Human Capital, Acquisitions, Internal Controls, Risk Management, Privacy, and Space Management activities across BIS.

Prior to serving as the BIS Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Director of Administration (DOA), Mr. Valentin served as the BIS Budget Officer, where he ensured BIS was properly resourced to meet its mission. Mr. Valentin also served at the Department of Commerce (DOC), Office of Budget, with oversight responsibilities in support of the U.S. Census Bureau and Departmental Management budget. In this role, Mr. Valentin provided technical guidance and support to senior DOC and bureau leadership, and regularly engaged in all phases of the DOC budget process.

Mr. Valentin has spent his entire career working within the budget and CFO community and has also served at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), where he managed resources and supported recovery efforts during the historically active 2017 hurricane season. Mr. Valentin also served at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in multiple financial management and acquisitions positions.

Mr. Valentin is a native of Chicago, where he attended Loyola University’s Business School, and later graduated Magna cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico earning his BA in Accounting and Finance.


Chief Counsel

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Chief Counsel for Industry and Security

Opher Shweiki

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Chief Counsel for Industry and Security


Office of the Under Secretary offices

  • Office of Information and Communications Technology and Services (OICTS)

    The Office of Information and Communications Technology and Services (OICTS) is responsible for implementing the Information and Communications Technology and Services (ICTS) Program for the Department of Commerce.

  • Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO)

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  • Office of Chief Information Officer (OCIO)

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  • Office of Congressional and Public Affairs (OCPA)

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Export Administration Offices

  • Office of Exporter Services (OExS)

    The Office of Exporter Services is responsible for the Bureau’s outreach, education, compliance, and regulatory activities.

  • Office of Nonproliferation and Treaty Compliance (NPTC)

    Multilateral export control responsibilities under the Nuclear Suppliers Group, the Missile Technology Control Regime, and the Australia Group.

  • Office of Strategic Industries and Economic Security (SIES)

    Policy actions, export licenses, commodity classifications, license determinations, and advisory opinions for 600 series items.

  • Office of National Security and Technology Transfer Controls (NSTTC)

    This office manages national security (NS) export controls, enforcing multilateral measures under the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies, and overseeing U.S. encryption export policies.

  • Office of Technology Evaluation (OTE)

    Analyzes trade data, the impact of export controls on U.S. interests, and the capabilities of the U.S. industrial base to support the national defense.

  • Office of International Policy (OIP)

    Develops country-based export control policy, builds relationships with foreign trade ministries and others involved in export controls, assists with foreign government and foreign industry export control trainings, creates country-specific policy analysis, and crafts regulatory measures to combat circumvention of export controls by foreign actors. 

Export Enforcement offices

  • Office of Enforcement Analysis

    Evaluates all-source, including publicly available and government-privileged, information to inform the adjudication of export control license applications.

  • Office of Export Enforcement

    OEE Special Agents are sworn Federal law enforcement officers with authority to make arrests, execute search warrants, serve subpoenas, and detain and seize goods about to be illegally exported.

  • Office of Antiboycott Compliance

    Administers and enforces the antiboycott provisions set out in part 760 of the EAR.

Legal Disclaimer: This is an in-progress website that incorporates new tools to access and use BIS regulations. Results from this website may be inaccurate or incomplete and should not be relied upon for compliance with the EAR. Please continue to utilize the existing BIS site or the eCFR for accessing the regulations.