Ron Jarmin, associate director for economic programs at the U.S. Census Bureau, has been appointed acting director of the bureau.
Jarmin took over as interim director following the retirement of John Thompson on June 30, the Commerce Department said Thursday.
Jarmin led the team responsible for the 2017 Economic Census and previously held the role of assistant director for economic studies.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross also named Enrique Lamas, associate chief for demographic programs, as the Census Bureau’s interim deputy director.
Lamas joined the bureau in 1980 and held several leadership roles such as head of the labor force and transfer programs statistics branch and chief of the population division.
Ross made the appointments under the Vacancies Reform Act that authorizes agency chiefs to temporary fill vacant positions that require presidential appointment and Senate confirmation.