A longtime Federal Reserve and White House economist won Senate approval Thursday to head the Treasury Department’s Office of Economic Policy.
Karen Dynan was approved on a voice vote in the Senate to become the assistant secretary for economic policy, after serving recently as a counselor to Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew.
Dynan spent 17 years at the Federal Reserve, working on a wide range of economic policy issues.
From 2009 to 2013, Dynan was co-director of the Economic Studies program at the center-left think tank The Brookings Institution. When Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke retired late last year, he went to Brookings to work on a memoir. The program is also home to longtime former Fed Vice Chair Donald Kohn.
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In her new job, Dynan will be responsible for analyzing and reporting on emerging trends in the U.S. and global economies, helping fine-tune policy accordingly.