March 15, 2019: William Beach was confirmed as the Commissioner of Labor Statistics at the U.S. Department of Labor by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Beach, of Kansas, was confirmed for a four-year term. Beach was recently the vice president for policy research at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Northern Virginia. Beach was previously the Chief Economist for the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, Republican Staff. Before he took that position, he was an economics fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a private, non-governmental political organization, and the director of the Center for Data Analysis. Before he joined the Heritage Foundation in 1995, Beach was a Senior Economist at the corporate Headquarters of Spring. From 1991 to 1995, he was the president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. Beach graduated from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas; he received his master’s degree in history from the University of Missouri-Columbia; and he received his Ph.D. in economics from Buckingham University in Great Britain.