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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release June 29, 2000

PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES MARJORY E. SEARING AS ASSISTANT SECRETARY AND DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE U.S. AND FOREIGN COMMERCIAL SERVICE OF THE U.S.

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

President Clinton today announced his intent to nominate Marjory Searing as Assistant Secretary and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (US&FCS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Ms. Marjory E. Searing, of Chevy Chase, Maryland, currently serves as the Acting Assistant Secretary and Director General of the US&FCS. Prior to serving in this capacity, Ms. Searing was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia and the Pacific. From April 1997 to July 1998, she was Acting Assistant Secretary and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service. From 1990 to 1997, Ms. Searing was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Japan, serving as a key player in the US. Japan Framework Agreement reached by Clinton Administration and the government of Japan in 1993.

Ms. Searing received a bachelor's degree from Harpur College at the State University of New York at Binghamton, and holds both a master's degree and a doctorate in economics from Georgetown University.

The Assistant Secretary and Director General of the US&FCS is responsible for serving the marketing needs of the U.S. exporting and international business community through offices located throughout the world. This individual is the visible spokesperson for the US&FCS, notable with business and other external constituencies. The Assistant Secretary and Director General develops and implements a unified goal-setting and evaluation process which integrates the activities of the US&FCS with the rest of the International Trade Administration (ITA) under the leadership of the Under Secretary. The incumbent coordinates with the Under Secretary for Export Administration on export administration matters, with the Assistant Secretary for Market Access and Compliance on foreign market access and compliance concerns and with the Assistant Secretary for Trade Development on export promotion programs. In addition, the Assistant Secretary and Director General works with the Small Business Administration and the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. to assist private sector organizations with export financing.

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