President Obama nominated former Ford School Dean, Rebecca M. Blank, for the role of Under Secretary for Economic Affairs in the Department of Commerce

April 23, 2009

Blank was the Dean of the Ford School for nine years and was also co-director of the National Poverty Center; she is currently the Robert S. Kerr Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. The Under Secretary for Economic Affairs is in charge of the Economics and Statistics Administration and the Bureau of Economic Analysis. One of the next big tasks for this position is to prepare for and complete the April 2010 U.S. Census.

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