March 13, 2003
News Release 03-030


Deanna Tanner Okun, Chairman of the United States International Trade Commission, announced today that Robert G. Carpenter has been designated Director of the agency's Office of Investigations.

Carpenter will direct the planning and conduct of the ITC's import injury investigations under the antidumping and countervailing duty provisions of the Tariff Act of 1930, the global and China safeguard provisions of the Trade Act of 1974, and other import injury statutes.

Carpenter served as a supervisory investigator in the Commission's Office of Investigations since 1984. In that role, he guided investigative teams building the factual records in import injury investigations, ensuring that investigations were conducted in accordance with Commission rules, policies, and timetables and that adequate official records were established. He served as a staff investigator in the ITC's Office of Investigations from 1983 to 1984. From 1977 to 1983, he was a supervisory economist in the Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance at the U.S. Department of Labor, and he was an economist in that office from 1972 to 1977.

Carpenter holds a master's degree in economics from George Mason University and a bachelor's degree in economics from Geneva College. He resides in Springfield, Virginia, with his wife and has two grown daughters.

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is an independent, bipartisan, factfinding federal agency that makes determinations concerning the impact of imports and their potential injury on domestic companies. The ITC staff includes experts who analyze virtually every commodity imported into the United States. The ITC provides data on international trade to the President, Congress, other federal agencies, and the public.