William E. Kovacic has served on the Federal Trade Commission since January 2006, and served as Chairman from March 2008 until March 2009. He has also served, since January 2009, as Vice Chair for Outreach of the International Competition Network.
Before he became a Commissioner, Kovacic was the FTC’s General Counsel from 2001 through 2004, and also worked for the Commission from 1979 until 1983, initially in the Bureau of Competition’s Planning Office and later as an attorney advisor to former Commissioner George W. Douglas.
Kovacic was the E.K. Gubin Professor of Government Contracts Law at George Washington University Law School, where he began teaching in 1999. He had taught at the George Mason University School of Law since 1986, after practicing antitrust and government contracts law for three years at Bryan Cave’s Washington, DC, office. Earlier in his career, Kovacic spent one year on the majority staff of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust and Monopoly Subcommittee.
Beginning in 1992, Kovacic was an adviser on antitrust and consumer protection issues to the governments of Armenia, Benin, Egypt, El Salvador, Georgia, Guyana, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Panama, Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.
Kovacic received a bachelor degree from Princeton University in 1974 and a law degree from Columbia University in 1978. He and his wife, Kathryn Fenton, reside in Virginia.
Speeches, Articles, and Statements
- Prepared Statement of the Federal Trade Commission On The FTC's Regulatory Reform Program: Twenty Years of Systematic Retrospective Rule Reviews & New Prospective Initiatives To Increase Public Participation and Reduce Burdens On Business – Before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, United States House of Representatives ()
- Statement Discussing Commission Enforcement of the Credit Repair Organizations Act, and Expressing Concerns About Exemptions From the Act Embodied In H.R. 2885, the Credit Monitoring Clarification Act – Before the Committee on Financial Services, United States House of Representatives Commission Statement For the Record ()
- Analytical Approaches and Institutional Processes for Implementing Competition Policy Reforms by the Federal Trade Commission (with Ernest Gellhorn) – Prepared by Professors Gellhorn and Kovacic for the session on "What Institutional Processes Will Help the FTC To Attain Its Goals?" as part of the Federal Trade Commission's Hearings on the Changing Nature of Competition in a Global and Innovation-Driven ()