BEA Leadership

Biographies

Brian C. MoyerDirector & Acting Deputy Director

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Brian C. Moyer is Director and Acting Deputy Director of the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

In his role as Director, Dr. Moyer oversees BEA’s production of official economic statistics, which provide a comprehensive, up-to-date picture of U.S. economy that aid in the decision making by businesses, policymakers, households, and individuals.

As Acting Deputy Director, Dr. Moyer also oversees the administrative and communications functions of the Bureau and provides leadership for improving and expanding the Bureau’s statistical programs.

Before he became Director, Dr. Moyer served in several key positions at BEA, including Associate Director for Industry Accounts. He is the author of numerous articles on measuring the performance of the U.S. economy. Much of his research has focused on improving industry-related statistics, including improved industry measures of volume and prices, expanded information on the sources and uses of intermediate purchases by industry, and improved industry-level productivity statistics. Dr. Moyer is an active participant in national and international efforts to improve economic statistics and regularly participates in workshops on a variety of national accounting topics.

Dr. Moyer has received a number of awards, both for his management and leadership skills, as well as for improvements to BEA’s economic accounts. Dr. Moyer holds a Ph.D. in economics from the American University.

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Dennis J. FixlerOffice of the Chief Economist

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Dennis Fixler is Chief Statistician of the Bureau of Economic Analysis and is primarily responsible for statistical quality including source data, methods, interagency data sharing, dissemination policies, and leading selected research efforts. He also coordinates cross-program research projects.

Prior to joining BEA in June 2001, Dr. Fixler was at the Bureau of Labor Statistics; most recently serving as Chief of the Division of Price and Index Number Research. Previous positions were at the Federal Trade Commission and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has written articles on index number theory and construction, with particular attention to the development and implementation of service price indexes, as well as on other economic measurement issues. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Purdue University.

Brent R. MoultonAssociate Director for National Economic Accounts

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Brent Moulton has served as Associate Director for National Economic Accounts at the Bureau of Economic Analysis since 1997. He is responsible for the estimation and analysis of the national income and product accounts, including gross domestic product. He has authored many professional articles and is a recipient of the Commerce Department's Gold Medal Award for his innovation and leadership in upgrading the U.S. national economic accounts.

Prior to joining BEA, Dr. Moulton served as Chief of the Price and Index Number Research Division at the Bureau of Labor Statistics where he led major improvements to the consumer price index. He received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.

Sarahelen ThompsonAssociate Director for International Economics

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Sarahelen Thompson is Associate Director for International Economics at the Bureau of Economic Analysis. She is responsible for BEA's international accounts, including the U.S. international transactions accounts and the U.S. international investment position, statistics on the operations of multinational companies (MNCs), and BEA's data collection programs for U.S. MNCs and trade in services.

Prior to becoming associate director, Dr. Thompson was Director of the Market and Trade Economics Division in the USDA's Economic Research Service. Prior to that she was Professor and Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, Professor of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois, and Interim Assistant Director of the Illinois Agricultural Experiment Station. She has published research on the performance of agricultural and food markets, futures markets, and agricultural economic history. She received a Ph.D. from the Food Research Institute at Stanford University and B.A. and M.S. degrees from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Thompson has been an active and contributing member to the profession of agricultural economics. As chair of the Food and Agricultural Marketing Consortium, she initiated the effort for the Consortium to become the Food and Agricultural Marketing Policy Section of the American Agricultural Economic Association. From 1998 to 2001, she was co-editor of the journal, Review of Agricultural Economics. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Agricultural Economics Association, the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association, and the Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Joel D. PlattAssociate Director for Regional Economics

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Joel Platt is Associate Director for Regional Economics at the Bureau of Economic Analysis.  He is responsible for the production of all sub-national economic statistics including gross domestic product by state, personal income by state, county and metropolitan area, and regional economic multipliers.  Prior to joining BEA, he served for 18 years in the Office of Tax Analysis (OTA), U.S. Department of the Treasury; most recently in the positions of Director for Receipts Forecasting and Director for Revenue Estimating.  At OTA, he was responsible for forecasting federal government tax receipts and estimating the revenue effects of federal tax policy.

Mr. Platt also served in the State of New York where he held the positions of First Deputy Director of the New York State Emergency Financial Control Board for the City of New York, Executive Director of the New York State Emergency Financial Control Board for the City of Yonkers and Director of Tax and Fiscal Studies for the New York State Assembly Ways and Means Committee.  He attended the State University of New York at Albany where he received his B.A. and M.A. in Economics.

Erich H. StrassnerAssociate Director for Industry Economic Accounts

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Erich H. Strassner is Associate Director for Industry Economics at the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).

In his role as Associate Director, Mr. Strassner oversees the estimation and analysis of BEA's industry economic accounts, including the input-output accounts, the gross domestic product (GDP) by industry accounts, and multiple satellite accounts. These accounts are used to provide a comprehensive picture of the performance of major sectors and industries within the U.S. economy, and how these industries interact and contribute to economic growth. He is also an active participant in national and international efforts to better measure the impact of economic globalization on the U.S. economy.

Previously, Mr. Strassner was chief of the Industry Analysis Division at the BEA. Under his leadership, BEA made numerous advancements in the quality and relevance of the industry economic accounts' statistics. These include launching quarterly GDP by industry statistics; establishing a cross-Departmental collaboration with the Bureau of Labor Statistics to better analyze the sources of GDP growth, including productivity; and enhancing time-series industry statistics through improved integration with the national income and product accounts.

He has received a number of awards for his leadership and management, including U.S. Department of Commerce Gold and Silver Medals and the Arthur S. Flemming Award for outstanding public service.

Mr. Strassner holds an MBA from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and an MA in economics from The George Washington University.

Brian CallahanChief Information Officer

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Mr. Callahan is BEA's Chief Information Officer. As CIO, Mr. Callahan provides leadership and direction for the Bureau's information technology program. The CIO plans for and directs the full range of information technology functions that are required to support and improve the quality and timeliness of the Bureau's statistical products and services.

Mr. Callahan has 24 years of federal service in the area of information technology. Before his appointment as BEA's Chief Information Officer, Mr. Callahan served for seven years as BEA's Deputy Chief Information Officer. Mr. Callahan's background at the Bureau includes extensive experience in managing day-to-day operations and information technology planning and budgeting. Mr. Callahan has a Masters degree in Computer Systems Management from University of Maryland University College.

Kathleen JamesChief Administrative Officer

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Kathleen James is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Bureau of Economic Analysis, returning to the Department of Commerce where she previously served in the Office of Training and Knowledge Management, Office of the Secretary.  She directly oversees the communication and administrative functions of the Bureau.  Dr. James was Deputy Director of Administration at the National Labor Relations Board immediately before joining the BEA staff.  She has been involved in administrative management, training, and instructional technology since 1974.  She earned an M.A. from Purdue University and a Ph.D. at the University of Maryland at College Park.

After having taught at the junior high/high school, university, and adult levels for ten years, she managed a university media center and was tapped to plan and direct a residential language immersion program for a hundred students studying seven languages at the University of Maryland.  She left academia in 1992 to join the Department of State at the Foreign Service Institute where she served in progressively more responsible positions as Language Training Supervisor, Director of Multimedia and Library Services, and Associate Dean for Management.  She initiated and expanded a cutting edge distance learning curriculum beginning in 1995 that boasts over one hundred custom-designed self-study and instructor-led online courses.  She contributed directly to the Diplomatic Readiness Initiative by analyzing and proposing new hiring policies and training opportunities for Foreign Service Officers.

Dr. James is an administrative generalist with extensive financial and administrative management, supervisory, and workforce development expertise.