THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES KATHARINE G. ABRAHAM AS COMMISSIONER OF THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
President Clinton today announced his intent to nominate Katharine G. Abraham to serve a second term as Commissioner of Labor Statistics at the Department of Labor.
Ms. Abraham, of Iowa, has served since 1993 as the Commissioner of Labor Statistics at the Department of Labor, where she oversees the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Concurrently, Ms. Abraham is a professor of economics at the University of Maryland. In addition, she has served as a Research Associate at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and as an assistant professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management. Ms. Abraham received a B.S. from Iowa State University and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics is the Federal agency responsible for gathering data relating to the broad field of labor economics. Information regarding the labor force, wage levels, prices, and productivity is collected, processed, analyzed, and then released to the public by the Bureau, which strives to keep its data accurate, timely, and relevant.