Under Secretary of Commerce
for Economic Affairs
|Formation||June 16, 1982|
The Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs, or USC-EA, is a high-ranking official in the United States Department of Commerce that serves as the principal adviser to the United States Secretary of Commerce on economic analysis. The Under Secretary is ex officio the Administrator of the Economics and Statistics Administration.
The Under Secretary is appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the United States Senate to serve at the pleasure of the President. In May 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Karen Dunn Kelley to the position. Since her confirmation on August 2, 2017, Kelley has also taken on the duties of the Deputy Secretary of Commerce.
The Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs oversees the Economics and Statistics Administration as that body's Administrator. As the principal element of the Commerce Department for economic affairs, the Under Secretary provides timely economic analysis and disseminates national economic indicators. The Under Secretary serves as the Department's representative to the President's Council of Economic Advisers, interagency panels on economic issues, and other government agencies concerned with economic matters. The Under Secretary's principal responsibilities include: economic forecasting, consultation with the private sector on economic and broad economic sectoral developments, and policy analysis and development in the areas of economic policy.
The Under Secretary oversees the United States Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis. These two statistical agencies gather, calculate, and disseminate much demographic, social and economic data including reports on the nation's gross domestic product, retail sales, personal income, housing starts, inventory levels and international trade.
With the rank of Under Secretary, the USC(EA) is a Level III position within the Executive Schedule. Since January 2010, the annual rate of pay for Level III is $165,300.
The position was created by an Act of Congress on June 16, 1982. The Under Secretary for Economic Affairs is fourth in the line of succession for Secretary of Commerce.
|Name||Assumed office||Left office||Appointed By|
|Robert G. Dederick ||1982||1983||Ronald Reagan|
|Sidney L. Jones||October 3, 1983||November 1985|
|Cynthia Glassman||October 5, 2006||George W. Bush|
|June 9, 2009||March 29, 2012||Barack Obama|
|January 3, 2013||September 18, 2015|
|Justin Antonipillai (Acting)||January 2016||December 2016|
|Brad Burke (Acting)||December 2016||August 2017|
Karen Dunn Kelley
|August 2, 2017||November 18, 2018||Donald Trump|
Officials reporting to the USC(EA) include: