Counselor, Delegated Duties of Under Secretary for Economic Affairs
Department of Commerce
(Serves as Counselor to Secretary Penny Pritzker)
"The Need for Data-Driven Government Solutions"
Mr. Antonipillai will discuss how the Department of Commerce is finding innovative ways to make our data more accurate, usable and accessible fo the private sector. In particular, Justin will discuss Commerce’s comprehensive strategic plan to improve the timeliness, scope, and quality of our economic data, driven in large part by the focus that Secretary Pritzker has brought to this issue. The goals are to focus on steps that can improve our economic statistics in the short-to-medium term, while also leaving in place a culture of constant improvement and innovation around our core statistics. He will also examine the Commerce Data Service, a team of data engineers, data scientists and technologists focused on applying user-centered design and agile methodologies to the process of data insight and product creation. In addition, he will discuss recent reports from the Office of the Chief Economist, including a report defining digital matching firms and possible economic effects.
Justin Antonipillai serves as Counselor to Secretary Penny Pritzker, with the Delegated Duties of the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs. In this capacity, Mr. Antonipillai leads the Economics and Statistics Administration, which includes, the Office of the Chief Economist and two of our nation's leading information agencies: the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Mr. Antonipillai serves as senior advisor to the Secretary on a wide range of economic issues, including tax, digital economy, and data policy issues.
Mr. Antonipillai joined the Commerce Department in 2013 as Deputy General Counsel, and has also served as Acting General Counsel and Acting Chief of Staff to Secretary Pritzker. Mr. Antonipillai has played a key role in a number of the Department's top priorities, including co-leading the United States negotiating team in reaching agreement on the new E.U.-U.S. Privacy Shield with the European Commission, and on the issues of privacy, cybersecurity and encryption, and a number of other digital economic issues.
Prior to joining the Commerce Department, Mr. Antonipillai was a partner with the international law firm of Arnold & Porter LLP where he focused on the growth of United States-based companies, private equity funds, and accounting firms. During his time in private practice, Mr. Antonipillai was selected one of the "Top 40 Lawyers Under 40" by Washingtonian Magazine, and one of the "Top 40 Business People Under 40" by the Washington Business Journal.
Mr. Antonipillai received his BA from Cornell University in 1994 and a law degree from American University in 1997.
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