Glossary

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Office of Economics

This Commission office provides expert economic analysis in various types of import injury investigations conducted by the Commission, in connection with reports requested by Congress and the President under section 332 of the Tariff Act of 1930 and other statutes such as section 2104(f) of the Trade Act of 2002 (19 U.S.C. §3804(f)), and in response to requests for technical assistance from the President, the U.S. Trade Representative, and the Congress.

See also entry on "Assessments of the Likely Impact of a Trade Agreement."

For more information, please visit the Office of Economics portion of this web site.

Office of Equal Employment Opportunity

This Commission office advises the Commission chairman and Commission managers on equal employment issues, evaluates the sufficiency of the agency's equal employment opportunity ("EEO") program and recommends improvements or corrections, establishes and maintains a diversity outreach program, and monitors recruitment activities to assure fairness in agency hiring practices.

For more information, please visit the EEO portion of this web site.

Office of External Relations

This Commission office serves as the liaison between the Commission and the U.S. Trade Representative and other executive branch agencies, Congress, foreign governments, international organizations, the media, and the general public. The Commission's Trade Remedy Assistance Program is a component of External Relations that assists small businesses seeking benefits or relief under U.S. trade laws.

For more information, please visit the External Relations portion of this web site.

Office of Industries

This Commission office provides technical expertise related to U.S. industries and the impact of international trade on those industries. The Office of Industries has five divisions: Agriculture and Fisheries, Advanced Technology and Machinery, Chemicals and Textiles, Natural Resources and Metals, and Services. The office provides support and analysis for many of the Commission's import injury investigations, and is a primary drafter of most industry-related reports prepared under section 332 of the Tariff Act of 1930. Analysts in the office also monitor developments in their assigned industry areas and perform related research activity. For more information, see the Office of Industries portion of this web site.

Office of Inspector General

This Commission office conducts audits and investigations related to Commission programs and operations, and comments on proposed legislation, regulations, and procedures that affect the agency's efficiency and effectiveness. The accomplishments of the Inspector General are detailed in semiannual reports submitted to Congress in May and November of each year.

Office of Investigations

This office is the lead Commission office for gathering information and preparing reports relating to investigations the Commission conducts under the countervailing duty and antidumping duty laws, including reviews under those laws, and investigations under the safeguard and market disruption laws that the Commission administers.

Office of Secretary

This office compiles and maintains the Commission's official records, including information received in the course of investigations, minutes of Commission meetings, and Commission reports. The Secretary signs Commission notices, correspondence, and other documents as directed by the Commissioners. In consultation with the Commissioners, the Secretary schedules and provides administrative support for Commission meetings and hearings.

The Secretary also makes the initial decision in response to requests for confidential treatment of business information and also makes the initial decision in response to requests for disclosure of Commission records under the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act. In addition, the Secretary administers the release of confidential and proprietary business information under administrative protective orders in countervailing duty, antidumping duty, and safeguard investigations.

Office of Tariff Affairs and Trade Agreements

This office compiles and maintains the Commission's official records, including information received in the course of investigations, minutes of Commission meetings, and Commission reports. The Secretary signs CCommission notices, correspondence, and other documents as directed by the Commissioners. In consultation with the Commissioners, the Secretary schedules and provides administrative support for Commission meetings and hearings.

The Secretary also makes the initial decision in response to requests for confidential treatment of business information and also makes the initial decision in response to requests for disclosure of Commission records under the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act. In addition, the Secretary administers the release of confidential and proprietary business information under administrative protective orders in countervailing duty, antidumping duty, and safeguard investigations.

Office of Unfair Import Investigations

This Commission office (OUII) participates as a full party representing the public interest in the trial phase of investigations conducted under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1337). The office may conduct an initial, confidential review of the complaint in a section 337 investigation to ensure that the petitioner provides sufficient information. It also may conduct or participate in enforcement proceedings to determine whether the importation or sale of a specific product violates a remedial order issued in a section 337 investigation. The office staff consists primarily of attorneys experienced in intellectual property.

For more information on the Office of Unfair Investigations, please visit the Intellectual Property section of this web site.

For an OUII staff directory, please visit: http://www.usitc.gov/intellectual_property/contacts.htm

Office of the Administrative Law Judges

This Commission office includes the Commission's Chief Administrative Law Judge, additional administrative law judges, and support staff. The primary role of the Commission administrative laws judges is to conduct the trial phase of Commission investigations under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1337). Upon institution of a section 337 investigation, the investigation is referred to the Chief Administrative Law Judge, who then assigns the investigation to one of the administrative law judges. The assigned administrative law judge rules on motions during the trial stage and, following the trial, makes an initial determination as to whether a violation of section 337 exists, and makes findings of fact and law and recommendations as appropriate.

Office of the General Counsel

This office provides legal advice and support to the Commissioners and Commission staff on investigations and research studies; represents the Commission in court and before dispute resolution panels and administrative tribunals; provides assistance and advice on general administrative matters, including personnel, labor relations, and contract issues; and, upon request, provides technical legal assistance to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the Congress.