On March 27, 2010, President Obama issued recess appointments to fill 15 US Government positions. Among the posts filled were several top international trade positions, including the appointment of Alan Bersin, Assistant Secretary for International Affairs at the US Department of Homeland Security, to serve as the Commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) issued a statement criticizing Bersin’s appointment, noting that the Senate Finance Committee was in the process of questioning Bersin regarding issues with respect to the documentation of his household employees. Senator Grassley stated that bypassing the vetting process resulted in the appointment of Bersin without first providing information to the public that could impact Bersin’s ability to serve in his new position. Other key international trade appointments included the appointment of former Assistant Secretary of Transportation Frank Sanchez as Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade, and Eric Hirschhorn as Undersecretary of Commerce for Export Administration and head of the US Bureau of Industry and Security.