|File photo shows Vice Chairwoman of the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) Janet Yellen testifying during her nomination hearing to chair the Federal Reserve before the Senate Banking Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., capital of the United States, Nov. 14, 2013. (Xinhua/Zhang Jun)|
WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 -- Janet Yellen on Monday took the oath of office to lead the U.S. Federal Reserve System, becoming the first woman to sit on the post in history.
The oath was administered by Governor Daniel K. Tarullo in the Board Room, Fed said in a statement.
U.S. President Barack Obama announced his intention to nominate Yellen to be the Fed's Chair on Oct. 9, 2013.
The Senate confirmed her on Jan. 6, 2014. Prior to her appointment as Chair, Yellen served as Fed's Vice Chair.
Yellen's term as Chair ends Feb. 3, 2018, and her term as a member of the Board ends Jan. 31, 2024.
As a close ally of former Fed Chair Ben Bernanke, Yellen is expected to keep enforcing the low interest rates and cutting back the massive bond-buying program that aims to restore growth.
She is also widely watched to decide when to raise interest rates for the first time since the recession began.
Also on Monday, Bernanke began his new job at the Brookings Institution as a distinguished fellow in residence.
The former Princeton professor is expected to write a book reflecting on his economic policy, as he said on Jan. 16 at a meeting organized by Brookings.