September 9, 2002 Vol. VII, No. 2

Alumna Heads Bureau of Labor Statistics

Kathleen Utgoff Nominated by President Bush and Confirmed by U.S. Senate

Kathleen Utgoff, a CSUN economics alumna, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve a four-year term as commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

"I am delighted that the Senate has confirmed an accomplished economist as the commissioner for the Bureau of Labor Statistics," said Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, who made the announcement July 30.

Utgoff had served as an economist at the Center for Naval Analyses from 1974 to 1983, and later returned to serve as vice president and director of the center from 1995 to 1999. Before the BLS appointment, she had accepted an appointment as professor of survey methodology and affiliate economics professor at the University of Maryland.

Utgoff had been widely recognized for her work at the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., where she served as executive director from 1985 to 1989. Utgoff later worked as a chief economist and partner at Groom and Nordberg, the largest employee benefits law firm in the country, from 1989 to 1995.

In her earlier government service, Utgoff served as a senior economist for President Reagan's Council of Economic Advisers from 1983 to 1985, focusing on labor market issues.

She earned her CSUN bachelor's degree in 1970 and a doctoral degree in economics from UCLA.

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