Scott A. Kamins serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs. In this capacity, he is responsible for developing, managing, and executing strategies to enhance Congressional support for the Secretary of State’s foreign policy and legislative objectives. He manages the Bureau of Legislative Affairs’ Office Regional, Global and Functional Affairs, which is comprised of legislative management officers (career civil servants, Foreign Service officers, and political appointees), assigned to work on legislative matters relating to the policymaking bureaus of the Department of State. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Assistant Secretary, Mr. Kamins served as Director of House Affairs. In this role, he was a senior liaison between the Department of State and the U.S. House of Representatives. He worked on a broad range of legislative initiatives with Members of Congress, House leadership staff, and the staffs of the key House Committees with foreign policy and international economic authorizing or oversight responsibilities, principally the Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Committee on Armed Services, the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the Committee on Ways and Means.
Mr. Kamins previously served as Director of Congressional and Public Affairs at the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security, which seeks to advance U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economic objectives by ensuring an effective export control and treaty compliance system and promoting U.S. strategic technology leadership. Mr. Kamins was the Bureau of Industry and Security’s senior legislative and intergovernmental affairs, press, and public liaison officer. He also served as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration. Prior to these assignments, he worked at a business development consulting and government relations firm and was an intern and volunteer in the Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Mr. Kamins is a recipient of the Department of State’s Superior Honor Award, the Department of Commerce’s Bronze Medal Award, and the Combined Federal Campaign’s Leadership Award. He is a graduate of Boston University and received his master’s degree from George Washington University.