Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)

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Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)
/Chief Financial Officer
USD(C)/CFO
US Under Secretary of Defense flag.svg
Under Secretary of Defense flag
Robert F. Hale, Under Secretary of Defense, 2009.jpg
Incumbent
Robert F. Hale[1]

since February 11, 2009
Department of Defense
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Style The Honorable
Reports to Secretary of Defense
Deputy Secretary of Defense
Seat The Pentagon, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Appointer The President
with Senate advice and consent
Term length No fixed term
Constituting instrument 10 U.S.C. § 135
Formation 1994
First holder John J. Hamre
Succession 7th in SecDef succession
Salary Executive Schedule, level III[2]
Website comptroller.defense.gov

The Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer, abbreviated USD(C)/CFO, is a high level civilian official in the United States Department of Defense. The Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) is the principal staff assistant and adviser to both the Secretary of Defense and the Deputy Secretary of Defense for all budgetary and fiscal matters, including the development and execution of the Defense Department's annual $600 billion budget.

The Under Secretary is appointed by the President and confirmed by the United States Senate to serve at the pleasure of the President.[3]

The position of Defense Department Comptroller was originally at the rank of Assistant Secretary until the National Defense Authorization Act of 1995 upgraded the position to its current rank of Under Secretary.[4]

Overview[edit]

The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) is the principal staff office for the Defense Department on all budgetary and fiscal matters, including the development and execution of the Defense Department's annual budget of more than $600 billion. As Chief Financial Officer, the Under Secretary's Office also oversees the Department's financial policy, financial management systems, and business modernization efforts.[5]

The Under Secretary is chair of the Financial Management Modernization Executive Committee, which has the goal of making sure that each of the Department of Defense's critical accounting, financial, and data feeder systems are compliant with applicable federal financial management and reporting requirements.[6] The Comptroller is also a member of the Defense Business System Management Committee.[7]

With the rank of Under Secretary, the USD(C) is a Level III position within the Executive Schedule. Since January 2010, the annual rate of pay for Level III is $165,300.

Reporting Officials[edit]

Officials reporting to the USD(C) include:

The Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), abbreviated PDUSD(C), is the USD(C)'s chief deputy and assumes the duties of the USD(C) in his absence. Pursuant to Public Law 111-84, the PDUSD(C) is appointed from civilian life by the President of the United States with the consent of the Senate.

Budget[edit]

Budget Totals[edit]

The annual budget for the USD(C) is contained in the Office of the Secretary of Defense's (OSD) budget, under the Defense-Wide Operation and Maintenance (O&M) account.

USD Comptroller Budget, FY 10-12 ($ in thousands) [8]
Line Item FY10 Actual FY11 Estimate FY12 Request
Core OSD Operating Program[9]
Civilian Pay and Benefits, USD (C) 26,567 33,680 28,213
Program Structure[10]
Comptroller Initiatives 17,467 23,403 18,554
Future Years Defense Program Improvement 3,408 3,510 3,562
Administrative Support 1,420 1,283 1,164
Capabilities Portfolio Management 4,495 20,000 0
Next Generation Resource Management System 0 0 3,991
Enterprise Funds Distribution System Support 0 0 2,992
Travel 258 456 272
Overseas Contingency Operations[11]
OCO OUSD (Comptroller) 0 0 0
Totals
Total Budget 53,615 82,332 58,748

Budget Features[edit]

  • Comptroller Initiatives - Support for producing and providing senior Department leadership with authoritative, accurate, and timely financial statements and support Department-wide business transformation efforts by improving financial management processes, systems, and financial reporting. This funding appears to support the programs of the Defense Contract Audit Agency and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service.
  • Future Years Defense Program (FYDP) Improvement - Maintain the FYDP information system used to collect, transform, disseminate, build reports, and provide analytical displays for planning, programming, budgeting, and execution activities
  • Administrative Support - Funds services including general office support, data administration, records management, workflow and correspondence tracking, and other administrative tasks
  • Capabilities Portfolio Management (CPM) - Funds OSD and Joint programs used to advise senior Department leadership and support strategic decision making to optimize investments and minimize risks in providing capabilities to the Warfighter. CPM includes programs such as Command & Control, Joint Logistics, Net Centric Operations, Corporate Management Support, and Battlespace Awareness
  • Next Generation Resource Management System (NGRMS) - Maintain IT system used to formulate, justify, present, and defend the DoD budget, including equipment maintenance support, software upgrades, and software licenses
  • Enterprise Funds Distribution System Support (EFDSS) - Maintain IT system used for controlling and distributing funds, including equipment maintenance support, software upgrades, and software licenses
  • Travel - Funds employee travel in support of the OUSD(C) mission

Office holders[edit]

The table below includes both the various titles of this post over time, as well as all the holders of those offices.

Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller/Chief Financial Officer)[12]
Portrait Name Tenure SecDef(s) served under President(s) served under
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)
Wilfred J. McNeil September 12, 1949 - November 1, 1959 Louis A. Johnson
George C. Marshall
Robert A. Lovett
Charles E. Wilson
Neil H. McElroy
Harry Truman
Dwight Eisenhower
Franklin B. Lincoln December 2, 1959 - January 20, 1961 Thomas S. Gates Dwight Eisenhower
Charles J. Hitch February 17, 1961 - July 31, 1965 Robert S. McNamara John F. Kennedy
Lyndon Johnson
Robert N. Anthony September 10, 1965 - July 31, 1968 Robert S. McNamara
Clark M. Clifford
Lyndon Johnson
Robert C. Moot August 1, 1968 - January 9, 1973 Clark M. Clifford
Melvin R. Laird
Lyndon Johnson
Richard Nixon
Don R. Brazier (Acting) January 10, 1973 - January 20, 1973 Melvin R. Laird Richard Nixon
Terence E. McClary June 21, 1973 - August 31, 1976 James R. Schlesinger
Donald H. Rumsfeld
Richard Nixon
Gerald Ford
Fred P. Wacker September 1, 1976 - February 29, 1980 Donald H. Rumsfeld
Harold Brown
Gerald Ford
Jimmy Carter
Jack R. Borsting August 12, 1980 - December 31, 1982 Harold Brown
Caspar W. Weinberger
Jimmy Carter
Ronald Reagan
John R. Quetsch (Acting) January 1, 1983 - February 23, 1983 Caspar W. Weinberger Ronald Reagan
Vincent Puritano February 24, 1983 - May 30, 1984 Caspar W. Weinberger Ronald Reagan
Robert W. Helm August 16, 1984 - October 1, 1986 Caspar W. Weinberger Ronald Reagan
Department of Defense Comptroller
Robert W. Helm October 1, 1986 - September 1, 1988 Caspar W. Weinberger
Frank C. Carlucci III
Ronald Reagan
Clyde O. Glaister October 17, 1988 - May 22, 1989 Frank C. Carlucci III
William H. Taft IV (Acting)
Richard B. Cheney
Ronald Reagan
George H. W. Bush
Sean O'Keefe, official Navy photo, 1992.jpg Sean O'Keefe May 22, 1989 - July 7, 1992 Richard B. Cheney George H. W. Bush
Donald B. Shycoff (Acting) July 8, 1992 - April 2, 1993 Richard B. Cheney
Leslie Aspin, Jr.
George H. W. Bush
William Clinton
Alice Maroni (Acting) May 6, 1993 - October 26, 1993 Leslie Aspin, Jr. William Clinton
Deputy Secretary of Defense John Hamre, official portrait.jpg John J. Hamre October 26, 1993 - September 5, 1994 Leslie Aspin, Jr.
William J. Perry
William Clinton
Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller/Chief Financial Officer)
Deputy Secretary of Defense John Hamre, official portrait.jpg John J. Hamre September 5, 1994 - July 29, 1997 William J. Perry
William S. Cohen
William Clinton
William J Lynn.jpg William J. Lynn November 19, 1997 - January 19, 2001 William S. Cohen William Clinton
Zakheimdov.jpg Dov S. Zakheim May 3, 2001 - April 15, 2004 Donald H. Rumsfeld George W. Bush
Lawrence J. Lanzillotta (Acting) April 15, 2004 - July 27, 2004 Donald H. Rumsfeld George W. Bush
Tina Jonas, Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), official portrait.jpg Tina Jonas July 27, 2004 - September 26, 2008[13] Donald H. Rumsfeld
Robert M. Gates
George W. Bush
Robert F. Hale, Under Secretary of Defense, 2009.jpg Robert F. Hale February 9, 2009[14] - Robert M. Gates
Leon Panetta
Chuck Hagel
Barack Obama
Michael J. McCord To Be Determined Chuck Hagel Barack Obama

References[edit]

  1. ^ DoD Biography http://www.defense.gov/bios/biographydetail.aspx?biographyid=172
  2. ^ 5 U.S.C. § 5314
  3. ^ "US CODE: Title 10,135. Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)". Retrieved September 23, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Search Results - THOMAS (Library of Congress)". Retrieved September 23, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Robert F. Hale, Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer", Official Biography, Officer of the Secretary of Defense, United States Department of Defense, Washington, D.C., 25 April 2009.
  6. ^ "US CODE: Title 10,185. Financial Management Modernization Executive Committee". Retrieved September 23, 2007. 
  7. ^ "US CODE: Title 10,186. Defense Business System Management Committee". Retrieved September 23, 2007. 
  8. ^ "Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Budget Estimates, Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)". Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), OSD. 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-29. 
  9. ^ Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Budget Estimates, Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), p.664
  10. ^ Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Budget Estimates, Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), p.688-90
  11. ^ Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Budget Estimates, Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), p.714
  12. ^ "Department of Defense Key Officials". Historical Office, OSD. 2004. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  13. ^ http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/1008/100208bb2.htm
  14. ^ The Washington Post http://projects.washingtonpost.com/2009/federal-appointments/agency/defense-department/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]

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