Janet Yellen, who is poised to move from the No. 2 to the No. 1 post at the Federal Reserve. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Alex Wong/Getty Images The Two-Way Yellen Nomination To Fed Clears Hurdle; Confirmation Likely December 20, 2013 Janet Yellen would be the first woman to head the central bank. On Friday, the Senate voted to head off any potential filibuster of her nomination. A confirmation vote is scheduled for Jan. 6.