Sue-Ann Linnemann Senior Trade Advisor

Joe Cortez

Senior Trade Advisor


A 35-year veteran of the U.S. Census Bureau, Joe’s expansive knowledge of cross-agency matters is a windfall to Braumiller Consulting clients. Joe served as the former International Trade Ombudsman and Chief for the Regulations, Outreach, and Education Branch with the United States Census Bureau’s International Trade Management Division. Joe’s deep regulatory knowledge stems from his years of working on regulatory matters pertaining to the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR), the collection of the Electronic Export Information, Voluntary Self Disclosures, and the U.S. CBP penalty mitigation guidelines.

Joe led the team responsible for writing, implementing and interpreting the FTR. As a result of his efforts, Joe received the Silver Medal Award, a prestigious honor bestowed on an individual by the Department of Commerce, and the Census Bureau’s Director’s Award for Innovation.

At the Census Bureau, Joe led a cross agency team that worked with the pipeline industry to develop reporting conventions for exports of natural gas via pipeline. Joe represented the Census Bureau at numerous trade conferences, and was involved with the International Trade Data Systems, a partnership of government agencies committed to the modernization and facilitation of International Trade. He also worked on resolving export issues related to ATA Carnets, Foreign Trade Zones, and mitigating export penalties.

Joe was instrumental in comment solicitation and analysis supporting efforts to reduce the reporting burden required by the U.S. Export Enforcement and Statistical agencies and to clarify export regulations. He also worked on system enhancements of the Automated Export System (AES) and the AESDirect. These systems are used by the industry to report their export shipments through the Census Bureau.

Joe’s career with the U.S. Census Bureau included working with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of State, the Bureau of Industry and Security, and other U.S. Federal Export Regulatory Agencies, to assist them with their data collection requirements.

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Texas and conducted his graduate studies at North Texas State University, George Washington University, and has a Master of Arts in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University.