On July 2, 2012, Eric Longnecker (MPP '94) became the acting chairman of the Bureau of Industry and Security's (BIS) Operating Committee at the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Operating Committee is part of the dispute resolution process for BIS's responsibility for licensing dual-use exports as outlined in Executive Order 12981. Dual-use items are those that have primarily a civilian end-use, but also could have a military or proliferation-related end-use. In this role, Longnecker chairs a weekly meeting of the committee with representatives from the Departments of Defense, State, Energy, and Commerce to discuss cases in need of resolution. Cases go before the Operating Committee when the agencies cannot agree on a final position at the staff level. As chair, Longnecker hears each agency's views and makes a decision on the license application based upon all available information and in compliance with the Export Administration Regulations.
Longnecker's appointment to this position is a one-year detail. Since March 2008, Longnecker had been the Director of BIS's Strategic Analysis Division. In this role, Longnecker led a team of seven analysts that was responsible for several defense industrial base-related programs. Primary among these programs was review of transactions submitted by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which looks at foreign acquisitions of U.S. companies that could have national security implications.
Longnecker has been with BIS since November, 2004. His prior experiences include positions with the U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council, The Brookings Institution, and Conservation International.