The Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) plays three key roles within the Department of Commerce (DOC). ESA provides timely economic analysis, disseminates national economic indicators, and oversees the U.S. Census Bureau (Census) and the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). In this latter role, ESA works closely with the leadership at BEA and Census on high priority management, budget, employment, and risk management issues, integrating the work of these agencies with the priorities and requirements of the Department of Commerce and other government entities.
ESA's expert economists and analysts produce in-depth reports, fact sheets, and briefings on policy issues and current economic events. DOC and White House policymakers rely on these tools, as do American businesses, state and local governments, and news organizations around the world. See our Reports section for a list of recent reports.
Under Secretary for Economic Affairs
Karen Dunn Kelley was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Under Secretary Kelley leads the Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA), which provides timely economic analysis, disseminates national economic indicators, and oversees the Department's statistical programs through the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis. As a senior member of the Department's leadership team, she also provides advice and counsel on economic and management matters to Secretary Wilbur L. Ross.
Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Affairs
Deputy Chief Economist
Rob Rubinovitz, Deputy Chief Economist, oversees the staff of the Office of the Chief Economist. Prior to coming to ESA, Dr. Rubinovitz served as a vice president at NERA Economic Consulting, where he analyzed economic and policy issues in such areas as telecommunications and media, pharmaceuticals and over-the counter drugs, retail products, and financial services and developed expertise in the application of econometrics to merger analysis and other applied microeconomic topics.
Chief of Staff
Chief Financial Officer & Director of Administration
As Chief Financial Officer and Director of Administration, Mr. Pelter has responsibility for the planning, budgeting, performance, and financial management activities for the Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) and the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and for oversight of the Census Bureau budget and financial management activities.