RICHARD STEINKAMP NAMED APPAREL CHIEF AT COMMERCE

WASHINGTON — Richard Steinkamp, an attorney with experience in international agriculture trade, banking and securities issues, has been named to head up the U.S.’s textile and apparel program.
Steinkamp began work as the Commerce Department’s acting deputy assistant secretary for textiles, apparel and consumer goods on July 3, he said in an interview Monday. Steinkamp succeeds Troy Cribb, who was promoted to an unrelated import administration position at the agency earlier this year. In addition, Steinkamp becomes chairman of the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, an interagency group that oversees U.S. textile and apparel import activities and can temporarily restrict imports it determines are harming domestic makers.
Steinkamp’s title will remain as “acting” until the Senate confirms Cribb, he said.
Steinkamp said he practiced securities and banking law in Little Rock, Ark., until 1994, when he was named general counsel to the independent regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, government-chartered lending institutions. The next year, he was named as special assistant to the administrator of the Agriculture Department’s Foreign Agricultural Service, where he worked until the end of June, on various international development and lending programs.

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