Byline: Jim Ostroff

WASHINGTON — Troy Cribb, a Senate Commerce Committee staff member, has been appointed the U.S.’s top textile trade official.
Cribb on Monday began as the Commerce Department’s deputy assistant secretary for textiles, apparel and consumer goods. She also became chairman of the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, composed of officials from the Departments of Commerce, State, Labor and Justice, as well as the U.S. Trade Representative. CITA monitors textile and apparel imports and can seek restraints on them to protect domestic manufacturers.
Reports that Cribb would be named to this post appeared in these columns on Nov. 2.
Cribb, 29, succeeds Rita Hayes, who served in the top textile slot from April 1993 until September, when she moved to USTR to become the chief U.S. textile negotiator. The Commerce/CITA post was filled on an interim basis by D. Michael Hutchinson, an official with Commerce’s Office of Textiles and Apparel.
Cribb, who confirmed in a telephone interview that she had begun work at Commerce Monday, declined further comment on her new job.
She earned a law degree this year from Georgetown University Law School and served as a Senate Commerce Committee counsel and staff member since April 1993, after working on the staff of Sen. Ernest F. Hollings (D, S.C.)since 1988. Cribb advised Hollings on trade matters, including NAFTA, the GATT, World Trade Organization, international competitiveness policy, countervailing duty law, intellectual property, global labor and environmental standards.
With her new posts, Cribb becomes part of two recurring targets of budget-cutting Republicans on Capitol Hill. The House twice has voted to dismantle CITA as part of a bill to eliminate Commerce, shifting some of CITA’s functions to USTR and the crucial import injury determination to the International Trade Commission. The ITC’s proceedings, unlike CITA’s, are public and can be challenged in court.

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