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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release November 10, 1999
       PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES DEANNA TANNER OKUN AS A MEMBER OF
                   THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION

     Today, the President announced his intent to nominate Deanna Tanner

Okun to serve as a member of the International Trade Commission.

Ms. Deanna Tanner Okun, of Idaho, currently serves as Counsel for International Affairs to Senator Frank H. Murkowski (R-Alaska). She handles the international trade issues that the Senator is involved with as a member of the Senate Finance Committee. Prior to Senator Murkowski joining the Finance Committee, Ms. Okun handled his committee work as the Ranking Republican on the East Asia Subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Ms. Okun practiced international trade law at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Hogan & Hartson before she went to work at the Senate.

Ms. Okun received her J.D. with honors from the Duke University School of Law in 1990. She received her B.A. with honors from Utah State University.

The International Trade Commission (ITC) is an independent, bipartisan, quasi-judicial agency that serves as an impartial fact-finding and analytic body and provides objective and independent analyses of a wide range of international trade issues. The scope of the ITC's authority has been gradually increased to include additional miscellaneous advisory and investigative functions. The ITC is also responsible for administering U.S. trade law remedies and determining if U.S. industries are entitled to relief. In addition, the ITC makes recommendations to the President about such issues as imposing quotas or tariffs.

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