According to people familiar with the matter, the Biden administration is expected to appoint Alan Estevez, a Pentagon official during the Obama era, as the Deputy Secretary of Commerce, responsible for export control.
Estevez will be responsible for leading the 450-person U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security, which is becoming increasingly important as the United States seeks to prevent China from acquiring advanced American technology.
The bureau has an important say in deciding which technologies are allowed or prohibited to be exported to China and which Chinese companies are included in the blacklist of the Ministry of Commerce. This appointment needs to be approved by the Senate.
The US Department of Commerce declined to comment. Estevez did not immediately respond to a request for comment from reporters. He is currently a consultant for Deloitte Management Consulting.
During the Obama administration, Estevez was the chief deputy secretary of defense for procurement, technology, and logistics. Previously, he held other positions in the Pentagon, responsible for overseeing logistics and managing the large supply chain of the Ministry of Defense.
He also represented the Pentagon in the deliberations of the inter agency U.S. Overseas Investment Committee. The committee is responsible for reviewing whether there are national security issues in the proposed foreign acquisitions.