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Maintaining the Quality and Integrity of US Government Data

For the fifth year, the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) and the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) will partner on a program during NABE’s 18th annual conference. The session will feature the heads of the statistical agencies and is free to SABEW and NABE members.


Heather Long, economics correspondent, The Washington Post; SABEW Vice President

Heather Long weighs in daily on the hottest topics impacting the U.S. economy. She is best known for her coverage of the tax code overhaul and her travels around the Rust Belt highlighting the views and needs of middle America. Prior to joining The Washington Post in July 2017, Heather was a senior writer and editor at CNNMoney, an assistant editor at The Guardian US and a deputy editor and columnist at The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. during the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal coverage. Heather began her career at an investment firm in London and holds a BA in economics from Wellesley College and a master’s degree in financial economics from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.


William Beach, Commissioner, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statics

William W. Beach became the 15th Commissioner of Labor Statistics on March 28, 2019. Before joining BLS, Dr. Beach was vice president for policy research at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University from February 2016 to March 2019. Before that he served as the Chief Economist for the Senate Budget Committee, Republican Staff, from 2013 through early 2016. Among his other professional positions, he was the Lazof Family Fellow in Economics at the Heritage Foundation and founder and director of the Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis.

Mary Bohman, Acting Director and Deputy Director of the Bureau of Economic Analysis

Mary Bohman is the Acting Director and Deputy Director of the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Dr. Bohman works with BEA’s executive team to expand the agency’s statistical programs and to shape the highest priority research projects in furthering BEA’s mission.

Before joining BEA, Dr. Bohman spent more than 20 years with the Department of Agriculture in numerous positions, leaving her mark on research involving international trade, farm competitiveness, and data-driven policymaking.

Dr. Ron S. Jarmin, Acting Director, U.S. Census Bureau

Dr. Ron S. Jarmin is the U.S. Census Bureau’s acting director.

Dr. Jarmin is also currently the deputy director and chief operating officer and has been since January 2019. He performed the nonexclusive functions and duties of the director from July 2017 to January 2019 and previously served as the associate director for economic programs.


August 11
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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