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Venable recently announced that Jeff Weiss has joined the firm's International Trade Group as a partner in Washington, DC. Most recently, Weiss served as the Deputy Director for Policy and Strategic Planning at the U.S. Department of Commerce. As the second-ranking official in the Department’s Office of Policy & Strategic Planning, he served as a senior advisor to former Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on a wide range of economic policy issues. He also served as the Associate Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the White House Office of Management and Budget where he worked directly with the Administrator to lead development of U.S. regulatory policy and White House review of significant Executive Branch regulatory action. From 2001 to 2011, he served in the Office of the United States Trade Representative as Senior Director for Technical Barriers to Trade, Assistant General Counsel, and Assistant Legal Advisor at the Mission of the United States to the World Trade Organization in Geneva.

News of Weiss' move was featured in National Law Journal March 24, 2017, Politico, International Trade Today, and the Washington Business Journal on March 22, 2017, and LawFuel on March 21.