Acting sanctions enforcement chief tapped for permanent post


WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Barack Obama nominated Adam Szubin to be the top Treasury official monitoring sanctions compliance.

Szubin, nominated Thursday to be undersecretary for terrorism and financial crimes, would if confirmed by the U.S. Senate be the third Jewish undersecretary in the role. He has served as acting undersecretary since the departure of David Cohen, who early this year became deputy director of the CIA. Stuart Levey had shaped the office’s role in enforcing Iran sanctions as an undersecretary who straddled the Bush and Obama administrations from 2004 to 2011.

Szubin, a graduate of Harvard Law School, has been a senior official in the sanctions enforcement regime since 2006, when he was named director of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.

In 2002, he helped found D.C. Minyan, a traditionalist congregation based on egalitarian principles.

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