Purdue alumnus appointed next director of Congressional Budget Office

March 3, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Keith Hall, a Purdue University graduate, has been appointed as next director of the Congressional Budget Office. Hall's appointment was announced Friday (Feb. 27) and his term as director begins April 1. He will succeed the current director, Douglas Elmendorf.

Hall, who earned both a master's degree (1983) and doctorate (1986) in economics from Purdue's Krannert School of Management, has served in various governmental advisory and analytical roles at the White House, the Department of Treasury and Department of Commerce, as well as the International Trade Commission, where he currently serves as chief economist.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels celebrated Hall's selection.

"It's been a source of pride for the entire Purdue family to read the praise for Keith Hall and for his appointment," Daniels said. "His reputation for first-rate, unbiased scholarship is a perfect fit for this crucially important job and a great reflection on our university."

From 2008-12, Hall was commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics under both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Hall also has been a senior research fellow at George Mason University's Mercatus Center and a professor at George Mason University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, American University, University of Arkansas and University of Missouri.

His public and private work and research have focused on labor market policy, trade policy and regulatory policy.

Hall received his bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia.

The CBO produces independent analyses of budgetary and economic issues to support the Congressional budget process, according to the CBO website. Each year, the nonpartisan agency's economists and budget analysts produce dozens of reports and hundreds of cost estimates for proposed legislation. 

Writer: Greg McClure, 765-496-9711, gmcclure@purdue.edu 

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