January 4, 2011
News Release 11-004
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819


Deanna Tanner Okun, Chairman of the United States International Trade Commission (USITC), announced today that John M. Ascienzo has been designated as Director, Office of Finance, at the USITC.

Ascienzo will serve as the agency's chief finance official and will oversee the maintenance of the USITC's financial information system and its payroll functions.

Since July 2010, Ascienzo has served as the Audit Manager in the USITC's Office of Administration. He worked in the agency's Office of Investigations for six years before that, serving as Acting Director of the Office from January through August 2009 and as the Chief of the Division of Accounting and Financial Analysis from February 2004 through December 2008 and from September 2009 through June 2010. Earlier, Ascienzo worked as an Auditor in the Office of Investigations from August 1990 through April 1998.

From April 1998 through February 2004, Ascienzo was a Senior International Trade Analyst with Georgetown Economic Services. Previously, he was an accountant with the firm of Berlin Karam and Ramos; a financial analyst with the U.S. Maritime Administration; a marine information specialist with the U.S. Naval Hydrographic Office; and a deck officer with Poling Brothers Transportation Company from July 1974 through October 1975.

Ascienzo holds a master of business administration degree from the University of Maryland and a bachelor of science degree in meteorology from the State University of New York Maritime College. He became a Certified Public Accountant in 1988.

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