December 9, 2011
News Release 11-159
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

RUEFFERT DESIGNATED DIRECTOR OF USITC OFFICE OF PROCUREMENT

Deanna Tanner Okun, Chairman of the United States International Trade Commission (USITC), announced today that Celeste H. Rueffert has been designated as Director, Office of Procurement, at the USITC.

Rueffert will serve as the agency's chief procurement official and will direct all USITC procurement activities.

Prior to joining the USITC, Rueffert worked at the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (formerly the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement), where she served as the Deputy Bureau Procurement Chief; Chief, Procurement Operations Branch; and Chief of the Contracting Office for the Bureau. Previously, she was Chief, Procurement Operations Branch and Chief of the Contracting Office in the Procurement Division of DOI's Minerals Management Service. Earlier in her career, she served as a Team Leader, Senior Contract Specialist at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and as a contract specialist at the U.S. Customs Service and the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Rueffert holds a master's degree in business administration from Strayer University, a bachelor's degree in elementary education from East Stroudsburg University, and certification in procurement and contracts management from the University of Virginia. She is FAC-C Level III Certified and is a Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) with the National Contract Management Association.

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) 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.

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