By  on July 15, 2009

WASHINGTON — Congressional aide Kim Glas is the leading candidate to oversee the Commerce Department’s efforts to promote the domestic textiles and apparel industry, sources said Tuesday.

Glas, who is legislative director for Rep. Mike Michaud (D., Maine), is poised to be named the deputy assistant secretary for textiles and apparel, a position that doubles as chair of the interagency Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements.

Sources said the Commerce Department was working out the timing for when Glas would assume her new duties.

Glas did not respond to requests for comment. A Commerce Department spokesman declined to comment.

The federal agency has yet to fill some more senior positions, including the undersecretary of international trade, which is the top job dealing with trade in the department. Frank Sanchez, who was the Latin America policy adviser to the Obama presidential campaign, was nominated for that position, but he has not been confirmed by Congress.

The job that Glas is set to take also involves helping importers and retailers with key challenges. In addition, she would chair CITA, the interagency group responsible for issues that affect textile trade policy. CITA includes members from the State, Labor and Treasury Departments and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

Glas is not widely known in industry circles, but Michaud has a reputation for favoring fair trade and protecting U.S. workers from global competition.

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