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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release June 25, 1993


(Washington, DC) President Clinton announced today that he intends to nominate economists Bernard Anderson and Katharine Abraham to positions at the Department of Labor. If confirmed, Anderson will serve as Assistant Secretary for Employment Standards Administration and Abraham will serve as Commissioner of Labor Statistics.

"Applying adequate enforcement standards and tracking the well being of our nation's workforce are two of the Labor Department's most important responsibilities," said the President. "Bernard Anderson and Katharine Abraham will fulfill them with rigor and integrity."

Bernard Anderson is currently President of the Anderson Group, a private consulting firm in Philadelphia. He has previously been Managing Partner of the Urban Affairs Partnership, Visiting Fellow at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy, Director of the Social Sciences Division of the Rockefeller Foundation, Professor at the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, Lecturer in Economics at Swarthmore College, and an Economist with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition, Anderson serves on numerous corporate and civic boards, and has been Chairman of the Lincoln University Board of Trustees and Review of Black Political Economy Editorial Board. He is the author or co-author of five books and numerous articles, and has testified before a number of Congressional committees. He holds an A.B. from Livingstone College, M.A. from Michigan State University, and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Katharine Abraham is a Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland, where she has taught since 1987, and a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research, which she has been associated with since 1980. She had previously been an Assistant and Associate Professor of Industrial Relations at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition, Abraham has been affiliated with the Brookings Institution, where she was a Research Associate from 1985-89 and a Guest Scholar form 1988-91. She holds a B.S. from Iowa State University and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

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