121. Editorial Note

On January 2, 1980, the trade reorganization plan, originally proposed by Director of the Office of Management and Budget James McIntyre and Special Trade Representative Robert Strauss, was promulgated with the issuance of Executive Order 12188. Submitted to Congress by President Jimmy Carter in September 1979 and approved by Congress in November, the plan renamed the Office of the Special Trade Representative to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and gave the office the authority to develop U.S. trade policy. At that time, many of the trade programs were moved from the Treasury Department to the Department of Commerce. For the text of Carter’s remarks on signing the executive order and E.O. 12188, see Public Papers: Carter, 1980–81, Book I, pages 5–11.