July 16, 2001
News Release 01-098


Stephen Koplan, Chairman of the United States International Trade Commission (ITC), announced today that Kenneth F. Clarke has been named Inspector General at the ITC.

Clarke comes to the ITC from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he has served as Director of the Inspectors General Auditor Training Institute since December 1999. Previously, he served in various management positions in the Treasury Department's Office of Inspector General, the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General, and the U.S. General Accounting Office.

At Treasury, he served as Director of Evaluations/Results Act, Director of Planning, Regional Inspector General for Audit for the Capital Region, Special Assistant to the Inspector General, and Director of Audits at the Office of Thrift Supervision. His Treasury experience included oversight of the White House Security Review Team's efforts and leadership of the first Chief Financial Officer audits in Treasury organizations. He led performance, financial, or contract audits in every Treasury bureau.

At Energy, he served as Audit Manager of the Savannah River office in Aiken, SC, and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve office in New Orleans, LA. He was also an auditor-in-charge in the Denver office, from which he audited many activities within the nuclear weapons, power marketing, and energy research programs. He also prepared budgets, recruitment strategies, and annual audit plans for the Office of Audits headquarters in Washington, DC. At GAO, he worked in headquarters audits of defense and civilian activities. In addition, he was assigned to GAO's Houston, TX, office, where he audited major oil and gas company compliance with the Energy Policy and Conservation Act.

Clarke has taught virtually every aspect of the audit process to audit professionals in all three agencies, and he has also taught selected aspects of the audit process to groups of partners and executives from contracted audit services nationwide. For two years, he worked with his peers on the program committee for the annual Institute of Internal Audits (IIA)Washington Chapter conference. He also served as the IIA Washington Chapter newsletter editor and is a member of the Washington Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants.

He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rhodes College. He is a Certified Government Financial Manager and graduated from the Federal Executive Institute in 1993.

The U.S. International Trade Commission is an independent, nonpartisan, quasi-judicial federal agency that provides trade expertise to both the legislative and executive branches of government, determines the impact of imports on U.S. industries, and directs actions against certain unfair trade practices, such as patent, trademark, and copyright infringement.

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