Jason E. Kearns, Chair of the United States International Trade Commission (USITC), announced today that Rekha “Rashmi” Bartlett has been named Inspector General of the Commission.
Bartlett will conduct and supervise audits and investigations relating to the USITC’s programs and operations, with the primary objective of promoting economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the Commission’s programs and preventing fraud, waste, and abuse. While the Office of the Inspector General is an independent unit, it reports to the Chair and Congress regarding its findings and updates them on the progress of corrective action.
Bartlett brings extensive experience in public and private sector governance to the position. Most recently, she served as the Acting Assistant Inspector General for Special Review and Evaluation at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Prior to that, she served as Deputy Executive Director, Regulatory Audit & Agency Advisory Services in the Office of Trade at U.S. Customs and Border Protection; as Chief, Division of Regional Operations and Program Integrity in the Employment & Training Administration’s Office of Job Corps at the U.S. Department of Labor; as Assistant Inspector General for Audit in the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation’s Office of Inspector General; as Chief, Program Review Branch, in the Compliance Division of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics; and as an Audit Manager in the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Inspector General.
Bartlett has an impressive audit background from her federal service and from earlier in her career when she held a number of internal audit positions in the private sector. She began her career as an intelligence officer with the Central Intelligence Agency.
Bartlett holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. She attended the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business’ CBP Leadership Institute; holds a certificate in Forensic Accounting from Georgetown University; is a Certified Internal Auditor; and is a Certified Fraud Examiner.
The USITC is an independent, nonpartisan, quasi-judicial federal agency that investigates and makes determinations in proceedings involving imports claimed to injure a domestic industry, violations of U.S. intellectual property rights, or other unfair methods of competition in connection with imported goods; provides independent analysis and information on tariffs, trade, and competitiveness to the President and the Congress; and maintains the U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule.