August 29, 2003
News Release 03-088


Vern Simpson, Director of the Office of Industries at the U.S. International Trade Commission, has announced his retirement from U.S. government service.

Simpson leaves the government after 30 years of federal government service. He came to the ITC in 1975, serving first as a forest products analyst in the ITC's Office of Industries and later as assistant to several Directors of Industries. Simpson became a member of the Senior Executive Service in 1991 and was promoted to Deputy Director of the Office of Industries that year. He became Director of the Office of Industries in 1992, where he has directed the work of more than 100 commodity/industry analysts.

The Commission this morning awarded Simpson its Distinguished Service Award, one of the agency's top awards, given in recognition of outstanding staff achievement. Simpson also received the Commissioners' Award for Exceptional Service in 1983 and 1989.

Prior to his federal government service, Simpson was as a resource economist for three years with the Government of Ontario. Prior to that, he served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam.

"The expertise of the Office of Industries is critical to all ITC investigations, and Vern has built and maintained a highly regarded staff through the years," said ITC Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun. "We know he is looking forward to spending more time with his family, including his grandchild, and we certainly wish him well. But the ITC is losing an exemplary public servant, and we will miss Vern Simpson very much."

An avid canoeist and kayaker, Simpson is looking forward to an active retirement. To be closer to family, he and his wife Linda will relocate to southwestern Virginia, where he plans to spend much time on the New River. He is also looking forward to enjoying the many biking and hiking opportunities in the Virginia mountains. In addition, he anticipates participating in volunteer opportunities with the Forest Service, Virginia Tech University, and various service organizations.

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