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Theresa McCarthy

Graphic of Theresa McCarthy Assistant Administrator, Headquarters Operations

Theresa M. McCarthy is the Assistant Administrator for Headquarters Operations in the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) and has direct oversight of the bureau's policy offices, which include the Advertising, Labeling and Formulation Division, Regulations and Rulings Division, International Affairs Division, and Scientific Services Division.  She was appointed to this position in January of 2013.  Ms. McCarthy has been with the Bureau since its inception in 2003 and has extensive experience with the bureau's programs and operations.  Prior to her current position she served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Headquarters Operations for two years where she led the bureau-wide Transition to Marketplace Review of Alcohol Beverage Products initiative to streamline alcohol labeling and formula review processes and expand the Alcohol Beverage Sampling Program.  Ms. McCarthy has also been instrumental in expanding TTB's policy work in ensuring lawful and fair trade in TTB's regulated commodities both domestically and internationally.

From 2003 through 2010, Ms. McCarthy managed the Regulations and Rulings Division (RRD) and was responsible for the oversight of the regulatory process including the issuance of notices of proposed rulemaking, Treasury decisions, rulings and procedures. Highlights of her seven-year tenure with RRD include initiating and leading two large-scale transformational efforts. She initiated TTB's regulations modernization effort in 2003 which over the past six years has involved updating three voluminous parts of our regulations improving regulatory guidance to our largest industry segments. In 2008 she also spearheaded the Bureau-wide effort to formalize TTB's public guidance issuance process and to conduct reviews of and update as necessary rulings, procedures and industry circulars currently in the public domain, some of which date back to the 1960s.   

Ms. McCarthy holds a Masters in Public Financial Management from the American University and a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Maine.

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Page last updated: November 5, 2015
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