THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON ANNOUNCES INTENTION TO NOMINATE MARTHA RICHE AS CENSUS DIRECTOR
President Clinton today announced his intention to nominate Martha Farnsworth Riche of Maryland as Director of the Bureau of the Census.
Ms. Riche is Director of Policy Studies for the Population Reference Bureau. From 1978-1991, she served as an editor for American Demographics, Inc., in Ithaca, New York, where she developed the first national reports on the nascent consumer marketing information industry. Ms. Riche has also served as an economist with the Bureau of Labor Statistics and is the author of over 200 publications, papers and articles. Additionally, she is chair-elect of the Social Statistics Section of the American Statistical Association and a member of the Population Association of America.
Ms. Riche holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Michigan, an M.A. with honors in economics from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in literature and linguistics from Georgetown University.
Riche will supervise the collection, tabulation and publication of data about the people and economy of the nation.
The director is charged with overseeing the population and housing census every ten years. Riche will also oversee the agriculture and economic surveys every five years. The director represents the bureau on census policy and process before Congress and the public.