The agency responsible for ensuring that technology that can be used to build weapons of mass destruction does not fall into the wrong hands has a new leader, following a confirmation delay of more than six months. Eric L. Hirschhorn, whom President Obama nominated on September 11, 2009, received a recess appointment from the President on March 29, 2010. Hirschhorn’s appointment had been held up by Arizona Senator John Kyl, who was demanding answers to certain questions regarding the administration’s export control review process. The responsibilities of the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), an agency in the Department of Commerce, include granting or denying licenses for the export of sensitive goods and technologies, enforcing sanctions and embargoes, and promoting U.S. trade interests abroad.
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