U.S. CUSTOMS APPOINTS BROWNING TO DEPUTY COMMISSIONER
U.S. Customs has appointed Douglas M. Browning to deputy commissioner.
Browning, who replaces Charles W. Winwood, will begin his new role at the agency on May 3.
As deputy commissioner, Browning will work closely with Commissioner Robert C. Bonner and manage day-to-day operations for Customs.
Browning started his career at the agency more than 25 years ago as a staff attorney in the Office of Regulations and Rulings in Washington. He worked as assistant regional counsel for Customs in New Orleans and Baltimore from 1979 to 1982. He then served as senior counsel for international enforcement in the Office of Chief Counsel in Washington and for a year as district director in Baltimore.
In 1994, Browning was appointed assistant commissioner for Customs’ Office of International Affairs. He managed a staff of 250 located in the United States and overseas. He also served on several national and international committees and task forces.
Prior to his appointment to deputy commissioner, Browning served as acting assistant commissioner for the Office of Regulations and Rulings since Aug. 20, 2001. His task was to improve the operation and how it interacts with the industry.
Bonner said he was “greatly impressed” with Browning’s management skills and experience. “Doug’s broad experience spanning so many different functions of the Customs Service will serve him well in his new position,” he said.
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