President Issues Executive Order to Establish an Interagency Task Force in Support of the National Export Initiative

On December 6, 2012, President Obama signed into law an  Executive Order  that establishes an Interagency Task Force on Commercial Advocacy (Task Force) as part of the National Export Initiative (NEI). The Task Force will be chaired by the Secretary of Commerce and consist of senior-level officials from various governmental agencies, including Departments of State, Treasury, Defense, Agriculture, Heal and Human Services, Transportation, Homeland Security, and others. 

The Executive Order provides that the Task Force, in order to increase the success of U.S. exporters competing for foreign procurements, will coordinate the activities of relevant agencies to enhance Federal support in commercial advocacy cases; develop strategies to raise the awareness of commercial advocacy assistance within the U.S. business community; and distribute information about foreign procurement opportunities that may be of interest to U.S. businesses.