|United States Deputy Secretary of Defense|
|Assumed office |
January 1, 2019
|Secretary||Patrick M. Shanahan (acting)|
Mark Esper (acting)
Richard V. Spencer (acting)
|Preceded by||Patrick M. Shanahan|
|Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)|
|Assumed office |
June 2, 2017
Patrick Shanahan (acting)
Mark Esper (acting)
|Preceded by||John Roth|
|Chief Financial Officer of the United States Department of Homeland Security|
June 1, 2006 – December 1, 2008
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Andrew Maner|
|Succeeded by||Margaret Sherry|
|Relatives||Grover Norquist (brother)|
|Education||University of Michigan (BA, MPP)|
Georgetown University (MA)
David L. Norquist is an American financial management professional and government official. Norquist was nominated in March 2017 by President Trump to be Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in the United States Department of Defense. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 25, 2017 by unanimous consent. On January 1, 2019, while remaining Comptroller and CFO, Norquist began performing the duties of the United States Deputy Secretary of Defense in place of Patrick M. Shanahan who, on the same date, began serving as the Acting United States Secretary of Defense.
Norquist graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Public Policy in 1989. In 1995, he received a Masters in National Security Studies from Georgetown University.
Norquist began his career in 1989 as a Presidential Management Fellow and GS-9 Program Budget Analyst, a federal civil servant position for the Department of the Army, and served in that position for four years. From 1993 to 1995, he was a budget analyst in the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command. Norquist was Director of Resource Management at Menwith Hill Station in Harrogate, United Kingdom for the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command from 1995–1996. For six years, between 1997 and 2002, Norquist worked as a staffer on the Subcommittee on Defense for the House Appropriations Committee. Between 2002 and 2006, he was Deputy Undersecretary of Defense in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense Comptroller of the Department of Defense.
In 2006, Norquist was selected by President George W. Bush to be Chief Financial Officer at the Department of Homeland Security. He served in this position from June 1, 2006 to December 1, 2008. As the first person to be confirmed by the Senate for that position, he took steps to address widespread problems with DHS's financial statements.
In 2008, Norquist joined Kearney and Company, a certified public accounting firm, as a partner.
On March 20, 2017, President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Norquist as defense undersecretary, comptroller in the Department of Defense. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 25, 2017 by unanimous consent and began serving on June 2, 2017.
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