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Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) Statistics Working Group

Washington, DC (September 21, 2009) - Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, Dr. Rebecca Blank co-chaired a meeting of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) Statistics Working Group at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington D.C. Dr. Blank is pictured with her fellow co-chairs Mr. Fu Ziying, Vice Minister of Commerce, People’s Republic of China, and David Walters, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Economic Affairs.

Joint Economic Committee

Washington, DC (September 10, 2009) – Dr. Rebecca Blank testified before the Joint Economic Committee on the newly released Census Bureau data on Family Income, Health Insurance Coverage and Poverty Status of Americans in 2008. Dr. Blank was joined by Cecelia Rouse, Member, Council of Economic Advisers, Thomas Miller, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute; Dr. Harry Holzer, Professor of Public Policy, Georgetown University and Dr. Karen Davis, President, The Commonwealth Fund.

Flu Panel

Washington, DC (September 9, 2009) – Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, Dr. Rebecca Blank led a panel on the challenges of the 2009-H1N1 influenza and its potential impact on small businesses before the House Committee on Small Business. She was joined by Rear Admiral Anne Schuchat, MD, USPHS, Assistant Surgeon General, United States Public Health Service and Mr. Bridger McCaw, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Private Sector, Office of Policy/Office of Private Sector, Department of Homeland Security.

2009 Joint Statistical Meeting

Washington, DC (August 3, 2009) - Dr. Rebecca Blank, Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, , a meeting of the American Statistical Association (ASA), the International Biometric Society (ENAR and WNAR), the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS), and the Statistical Society of Canada comprised of over 5,000 statisticians from government, industry and academia meeting at the Washington Convention Center. Dr. Blank spoke about why good statistics are important to understanding the well-being of American families.

Dr. Robert Groves Confirmed as Census Director

Washington, DC (July 13, 2009)— The United States Senate today confirmed Dr. Robert Groves as the new director of the U.S. Census Bureau, on a strong bipartisan voice vote. Groves, a highly respected expert in the field of survey methodology, takes the helm of the agency at a critical time as it makes final preparations for the 2010 Census.

Under Secretary Blank Urges NALEO Officials to Make Your Voices Heard

Hollywood, Calif. (June 26, 2009)—Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs, Dr. Rebecca Blank urged attendees of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) annual conference to help facilitate “equal access so everyone will participate in the 2010 Census.”

Under Secretary Blank Confers with Australian Deputy Prime Minister

Washington, DC (June 19, 2009) – Dr. Blank met with Australian Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard during a working lunch devoted to socioeconomic issues. The Deputy Prime Minster is deputy head of the Australian government and carries the cabinet responsibility for education, employment, workplace relations and social inclusion. Under Secretary Blank attended to offer her expertise to the discussion on social policy responses to poverty and social inclusion.

Dr. Rebecca Blank Sworn In as Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, Top Economic Advisor to Commerce Secretary

Washington (June 9, 2009) – Dr. Rebecca Blank was sworn in today as the new Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs. Dr. Blank will oversee two of the Nation’s preeminent statistical agencies: the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Affairs. She will also serve as the top economic advisor to Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.

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.

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).

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