William Kovacic will speak about data security and identity theft, and the challenges of a major agency to keep up with rapidly changing technology.
Kovacic joined the FTC in January 2006 from his position as the E.K. Gubin Professor of Government Contracts Law at George Washington University Law School, where he began teaching in 1999. He was the FTC's general counsel from 2001 through 2004, and earlier worked at the Commission from 1979 to 1983, first with the Bureau of Competition's Planning Office and later as an attorney advisor to former Commissioner George W. Douglas.
Since 1992, Kovacic has served as 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. He also has authored or coauthored books and articles on antitrust law, including Antitrust Law and Economics in a Nutshell and Antitrust Law in Perspective: Cases, Concepts, and Problems in Competition Policy.
After leaving the FTC in 1983, Kovacic was an associate with the Washington, D.C., office of Bryan Cave until joining the George Mason University School of Law in 1986. Earlier in his career, he spent a year on the majority staff of the Subcommittee on Antitrust and Monopoly of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.