Chris Bertram was the Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs, and Chief Financial Officer, for the United States Department of Transportation. As Assistant Secretary, he is responsible for the Department’s budget, which totals over $70 billion per year. He also oversees the financial and performance management of the 12 agencies within the Department. Until August 2009, Bertram was a senior professional staff member with the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. In that position, he was involved in developing legislation related to aviation, auto and highway safety, transportation security, pipelines, railroads, and fuel efficiency standards for automobiles. Prior to joining the Commerce Committee, Bertram was the Federal Aviation Administration's Assistant Administrator for Financial Services and Chief Financial Officer. He has also served as Staff Director for the House of Representative’s United States House Transportation Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, and in various positions at the Office of Management and Budget.