Charles Louis Kincannon
Director, U.S. Census Bureau
President George W. Bush nominated Mr. Kincannon for director of the Census Bureau on July 27, 2001 and the Senate confirmed him unanimously on March 13, 2002.
Mr. Kincannon began his career as a statistician at the U.S. Census Bureau in 1963 after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin. He held positions of increasing responsibility in the economic, demographic, and administrative areas of the Census Bureau, before leaving in September 1975, during the Ford administration, to join the staff of the Office of Management and Budget, where he worked on statistical and regulatory policy. He also served as the statistical liaison to Vice President Nelson Rockefeller’s office and provided administrative leadership that supported the successful implementation of the first Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980.
Mr. Kincannon returned to the Census Bureau in September 1981. He was appointed deputy director and chief operating officer in January 1982 by President Reagan’s first director of the Census Bureau, Bruce Chapman. He served as deputy director to John G. Keane in the Reagan administration and Barbara Everitt Bryant in the George H. W. Bush administration. He also served as acting director from July 1983 to March 1984 and again from January to December 1989, during that time he directed the final preparations for the 1990 census. Throughout his tenure with the federal government, Mr. Kincannon received several awards recognizing his contributions, including the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Service and the Department of Commerce Gold Medal.
In October 1992, Mr. Kincannon was appointed as the first chief statistician in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. He coordinated the organization’s statistical programs and advised the OECD secretary general on statistical policy. He left this post in June 2000 to return to the United States.
Mr. Kincannon was born December 1940 in Waco, Texas. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and did postgraduate study at the George Washington University, Georgetown University and the University of Maryland. He and his wife, Claire, have lived in Paeonian Springs, VA since 1972 with the exception of their time in Paris with the OECD. They have two married daughters who live in Tennessee and the District of Columbia.