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May 2009

Blank Confirmed as Top Economic Advisor to Commerce Secretary

WASHINGTON (May 19, 2009)—Rebecca Blank, Ph.D, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate last Thursday as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs. As the Economic Advisor to the Secretary of Commerce, and head of the Economic and Statistics Administration (ESA), Dr. Blank will also have management responsibility for the two top statistical agencies in the United States, the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).

Groves Nomination Clears Committee and Sent to U.S. Senate

Dr. Robert Groves, Nominee for Director of the United States Census Bureau, Department of Commerce was unanimously approved by voice vote without objections on Wednesday, May 20 by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. His nomination was sent to the full U.S. Senate for confirmation.

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