At a Glance
- Career History: Deputy Administrator, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau; Chief counsel, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (1999-2003); Associate Chief Counsel for Alcohol and Tobacco, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (1978-1996); Staff Attorney, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (1970-1977)
- Alma Mater: University of Maryland, Business and Economics; American University, Law, 1970; Georgetown University, Master's in Tax Law, 1974
- DC Office: 1310 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20220
Path to Power
Manfreda's journey to the top of the TTB began with legal training at American University. After graduating with a law degree in 1970, Manfreda joined the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms as a staff attorney. He continued his education at Georgetown University, earning a master's in tax law in 1974.
In 1978, Manfreda was named the associate chief counsel at the ATF, a position he would hold for the next 22 years. He was promoted to chief counsel in 1999.
One of the most contentious issues facing the TTB is the implementation of a standardized labeling system for alcohol products. The proposed rules, which were first introduced in 2007, have generated an all-out lobbying war on Capitol Hill between the beer and hard-liquor industries.
At issue are the contents of the nutritional label that would be required on all alcohol products. In addition to standard health information about calories and carbohydrates, the labels would include information about the amount of pure alcohol in a standard product serving.
As head of the TTB Manfreda answers to Deputy Assistant Secretary (Tax and Trade) Timothy Skud.
Manfreda has never donated to a political campaign, according to records available on the Web site of the Center for Responsive Politics.