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January 3, 2014


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! We hope you had a diverting and rejuvenating week! This week's top stories include announcements for this year's Lonkay Award recipient, the fall 2013 chemist certifications, and the 2014 East Coast Trade Symposium, as well as a list of the past week's most popular Tobacco pages at TTB.gov.

JOHN LOM RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS LONKAY AWARD

John LomJohn Lom, Director of TTB's International Trade Division (ITD), was named as this year's recipient of the prestigious Lonkay Award.  This award is presented annually to a career Treasury attorney who has demonstrated extraordinary dedication and professional expertise in the performance of his or her duties over the past five years.

Prior to coming to ITD earlier this year, Lom served in a number of Office of Chief Counsel positions, including acting chief and deputy chief. TTB's Chief Counsel Anthony Gledhill nominated him for this award in recognition of his dedication and expertise in support of the Department's efforts in the global tobacco control arena, and for the example he sets as a public servant with the highest standards of personal and professional integrity.

"Mr. Lom has sustained exceptional dedication and professional expertise, both in a legal advisor capacity and as a leader in the Office of Chief Counsel for the thirteen years he has been with TTB and ATF," Gledhill stated in the nomination. "His strong personal commitment to excellence in legal scholarship, analysis and written product, skillful reconciliation of varying views, and personal and professional integrity make him a most worthy candidate for the Lonkay Award."

Lom received this award on December 19, 2013, at an awards ceremony held at the Treasury Department.

TTB ISSUES CHEMIST CERTIFICATIONS FOR FALL 2013

TTB issued 25 certifications to chemists and enologists for the fall 2013 cycle of the Chemist Certification Program for the export of wines, spirits, and beers to foreign markets.  Those certified under the program are authorized to analyze alcohol beverages for export.

Many countries require that a report of analysis from a TTB-certified chemist accompany the export shipment as a condition of entry.

Currently, 102 people at 53 laboratories are certified under the program.  The Chemist Certification Program facilitates the export of U.S. wines and distilled spirits.

U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION ANNOUNCES 2014 EAST COAST TRADE SYMPOSIUM

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced that it will hold its annual East Coast trade symposium in Washington, DC, on March 6 - 7, 2014.  The 2014 symposium's theme is "Increasing Economic Competitiveness Through Global Partnership and Innovation," and will feature panel discussions on CBP's role in international trade initiatives and programs involving CBP personnel, members of the trade community, and other government agencies. Members of the international trade and transportation communities and other interested parties are encouraged to attend.

The agenda for the 2014 East Coast Trade Symposium and the keynote speakers will be announced at a later date on the CBP website.  Registration is now open, and the registration fee is $128.00 per person.  Register early, as space is limited!  You need to register online at the symposium page on the CBP website, and confirm with payment by credit card only.

Due to budget constraints, CBP will not hold a West Coast trade symposium in 2014.

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