The Under Secretary for International Trade is a position within the United States Department of Commerce that leads the International Trade Administration. The Under Secretary also serves as a member of the Tourism Policy Council and the National Intellectual Property Council. The Under Secretary participates in the development of U.S. trade policy; identifies and resolves market access and compliance issues; administers U.S. trade laws; and undertakes a range of trade promotion and trade advocacy efforts. The current Under Secretary for International Trade is Christopher A. Padilla.
The Under Secretary is appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate. The position was created as a result of a June 16, 1982 law that did not require for an Under Secretary for International Trade until January 1, 1989. The Under Secretary is paid on a rate paytable for Level III of the Executive Schedule, meaning he or she receives a basic annual salary of $152,000 as of 2006. Previous Under Secretaries include Franklin L. Lavin, Acting Under Secretary Rhoda Keenum, and Robert S. LaRussa.