United States
Under Secretary of Commerce
for Economic Affairs

since November 18, 2018
FormationJune 16, 1982
WebsiteOfficial website

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.[1]


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.[2]

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.[3] The Under Secretary for Economic Affairs is fourth in the line of succession for Secretary of Commerce.[4]

Former officeholders

Name Assumed office Left office Appointed By
Robert G. Dederick [5] 1982 1983 Ronald Reagan
Sidney L. Jones[6][7] October 3, 1983 November 1985
Cynthia Glassman[8] October 5, 2006 George W. Bush

Rebecca Blank[9]
June 9, 2009 March 29, 2012 Barack Obama

Mark Doms[10]
January 3, 2013 September 18, 2015
Justin Antonipillai[11] (Acting) January 2016 December 2016
Brad Burke[12] (Acting) December 2016 August 2017

Karen Dunn Kelley
August 2, 2017 November 18, 2018 Donald Trump

Reporting Officials

Officials reporting to the USC(EA) include:


  1. ^ "Karen Dunn Kelley, Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs". Commerce.gov. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Under Secretary - Economics and Statistics Administration". Retrieved September 22, 2007.
  3. ^ "US CODE: Title 15,1503a. Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs". Retrieved September 22, 2007.
  4. ^ "Executive Order on Succession at the Department of Commerce". Retrieved September 22, 2007.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "Sidney L. Jones Papers". Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum. Retrieved Sep 23, 2014.
  7. ^ Farnsworth, Clyde H. (1984-01-29). "COMMERCE'S NEW ECONOMIST: SIDNEY JONES; THE MAN BEHIND ALL THOSE NUMBERS". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-12-12.
  8. ^ Pan, Jock (2010). The United States Outer Executive Departments.
  9. ^ "Dr. Rebecca Blank Sworn In as Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, Top Advisor to Secretary Locke | Department of Commerce". 2010-2014.commerce.gov. Retrieved 2016-12-12.
  10. ^ "Dr. Mark Doms". Retrieved September 12, 2016.
  11. ^ "Justin Antonipillai". Retrieved September 12, 2016.
  12. ^ "Brad Burke". Retrieved June 12, 2017.