Byline: Jim Ostroff

WASHINGTON — Troy Cribb, the Clinton administration’s top textile program official, has been named to head the Commerce Department’s import administration, which adjudicates U.S. companies’ charges of unfair foreign competition.
Cribb will be acting assistant Commerce secretary for import administration, and the textile program will be administered on an interim basis by D. Michael Hutchinson, a career civil servant who is director of Commerce’s Office of Textiles and Apparel.
The appointment was effective Monday, and Clinton is expected shortly to submit the nomination to the Senate, Cribb said in an interview. She succeeds Robert LaRussa, a onetime WWD reporter who was named Commerce’s undersecretary for international trade.
The import administration adjudicates the U.S.’s antidumping and countervailing duty laws and, with the International Trade Commission, can impose penalty import duties on foreign imports.
Cribb, 34, an attorney, in December 1995 was appointed Commerce’s deputy assistant secretary for textiles, apparel and consumer goods, succeeding Rita Hayes, who was named the chief U.S. textile negotiator in the office of the U.S. trade representative.
Cribb had worked on the staff of Sen. Ernest F. Hollings (D, S.C.) and the Senate Commerce Committee before moving to Commerce, where she also chaired the interagency Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements.