Top CFTC attorney Berkovitz to leave agency at month’s end

Dan Berkovitz

Dan Berkovitz

Dan Berkovitz, the top attorney at the CFTC, plans to resign from his position at the end of the month after 30 years of service to the federal government.

“Capping off 30 years of public service, Dan has so much to be proud of, foremost his leadership and counsel to the Administration, Congress and this Commission on swaps market reform that is now benefiting the public,” CFTC Chairman Gary Gensler said, according to NASDAQ.

Berkovitz, who did not disclose his future plans after he leaves the agency, has served as the CFTC’s general counsel since June 2009. He advised the regulator on legislative and regulatory affairs and helped write derivatives rules mandated by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, Compliance Week reports.

Before joining the CFTC, Berkovitz served as counsel to the U.S. State Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, where he headed several probes into the operation and regulation of the energy industry. He has also served as the deputy assistant secretary for planning, budget and policy at the Department of Energy’s Environment Management program, as well as counsel to the Senate Subcommittee on Nuclear Regulation.

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