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Confident and upbeat, Smith reflects on leading Bureau of Consumer Protection

Andrew Smith is confident the Federal Trade Commission is in a better place today than when he arrived more than two years ago. As head of the agency’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, Smith ticked off major accomplishments, praised the dedicated staff and voiced optimism about what lies ahead in a wide-sweeping interview with FTCWatch.


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Neil Averitt commentary: 2020 Year in Review

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