Stephen Heifetz blogs primarily on aviation, transportation and maritime security, immigration and border security, and homeland security policy. He is a partner in the Washington office of Steptoe & Johnson, LLP, where he helps clients navigate laws and policies at the nexus of international business and security.
Mr. Heifetz has served in the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, as well as the Central Intelligence Agency. In private practice, he has represented clients in matters involving many other federal agencies and Congress.
Most recently, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Policy Development at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He worked extensively with DHS agencies – including the Transportation Security Administration, Customs and Border Protection, and Immigration Customs Enforcement – to develop policy on a range of issues. These included air and maritime cargo screening, aviation and transportation security, visa screening, the Visa Waiver Program and bio−security.
He also shaped the Department’s role in the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which reviews foreign acquisitions of U.S. companies and played key roles developing new CFIUS laws and regulations.
In private practice and prior government service, Mr. Heifetz has specialized in anti−money laundering and terrorist financing regulations, as well as Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, economic sanctions, and export control issues. On these matters he has provided representation on interactions with financial regulatory agencies, the departments of Justice, Treasury, State, Defense, and Commerce, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and Congress.
Mr. Heifetz is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, has served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown, and has published extensively in trade journals, law reviews, and newspapers, including The New York Times and The Washington Post.
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