Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)

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Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)
/Chief Financial Officer
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Incumbent
David Norquist

since 25 May 2017
Department of Defense
Office of the Secretary of Defense
StyleThe Honorable
Reports toSecretary of Defense
Deputy Secretary of Defense
SeatThe Pentagon, Arlington County, Virginia, United States
AppointerThe President
with Senate advice and consent
Term lengthNo fixed term
Constituting instrument10 U.S.C. § 135
Formation1994
First holderJohn J. Hamre
Succession7th in SecDef succession
SalaryExecutive Schedule, level III[1]
Websitecomptroller.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 $500 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.[2]

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.[3]

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 $500 billion. As Chief Financial Officer, the Under Secretary's Office also oversees the Department's financial policy, financial management systems, and business modernization efforts.[4]

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.[5] The Comptroller is also a member of the Defense Business System Management Committee.[6]

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) [7]
Line Item FY10 Actual FY11 Estimate FY12 Request
Core OSD Operating Program[8]
Civilian Pay and Benefits, USD (C) 26,567 33,680 28,213
Program Structure[9]
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[10]
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)[11]
Portrait Name Tenure SecDef(s) served under President(s) served under
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)
Wilfred J. McNeil 12 September 1949 – 1 November 1959 Louis A. Johnson
George C. Marshall
Robert A. Lovett
Charles E. Wilson
Neil H. McElroy
Harry Truman
Dwight Eisenhower
Franklin B. Lincoln 2 December 1959 – 20 January 1961 Thomas S. Gates Dwight Eisenhower
Charles J. Hitch 17 February 1961 – 31 July 1965 Robert S. McNamara John F. Kennedy
Lyndon Johnson
Robert N. Anthony 10 September 1965 – 31 July 1968 Robert S. McNamara
Clark M. Clifford
Lyndon Johnson
Robert C. Moot 1 August 1968 – 9 January 1973 Clark M. Clifford
Melvin R. Laird
Lyndon Johnson
Richard Nixon
Don R. Brazier (Acting) 10 January 1973 – 20 January 1973 Melvin R. Laird Richard Nixon
Terence E. McClary 21 June 1973 – 31 August 1976 James R. Schlesinger
Donald H. Rumsfeld
Richard Nixon
Gerald Ford
Fred P. Wacker 1 September 1976 – 29 February 1980 Donald H. Rumsfeld
Harold Brown
Gerald Ford
Jimmy Carter
Jack R. Borsting 12 August 1980 – 31 December 1982 Harold Brown
Caspar W. Weinberger
Jimmy Carter
Ronald Reagan
John R. Quetsch (Acting) 1 January 1983 – 23 February 1983 Caspar W. Weinberger Ronald Reagan
Vincent Puritano 24 February 1983 – 30 May 1984 Caspar W. Weinberger Ronald Reagan
Robert W. Helm 16 August 1984 – 1 October 1986 Caspar W. Weinberger Ronald Reagan
Department of Defense Comptroller
Robert W. Helm 1 October 1986 – 1 September 1988 Caspar W. Weinberger
Frank C. Carlucci III
Ronald Reagan
Clyde O. Glaister 17 October 1988 – 22 May 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 22 May 1989 – 7 July 1992 Richard B. Cheney George H. W. Bush
Donald B. Shycoff (Acting) 8 July 1992 – 2 April 1993 Richard B. Cheney
Leslie Aspin, Jr.
George H. W. Bush
William Clinton
Alice Maroni (Acting) 6 May 1993 – 26 October 1993 Leslie Aspin, Jr. William Clinton
Deputy Secretary of Defense John Hamre, official portrait.jpg John J. Hamre 26 October 1993 – 5 September 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 5 September 1994 – 29 July 1997 William J. Perry
William S. Cohen
William Clinton
William J Lynn.jpg William J. Lynn 19 November 1997 – 19 January 2001 William S. Cohen William Clinton
Zakheimdov.jpg Dov S. Zakheim 3 May 2001 – 15 April 2004 Donald H. Rumsfeld George W. Bush
Lawrence J. Lanzillotta (Acting) 15 April 2004 – 27 July 2004 Donald H. Rumsfeld George W. Bush
Tina Jonas, Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), official portrait.jpg Tina Jonas 27 July 2004 - 26 September 2008[12] Donald H. Rumsfeld
Robert M. Gates
George W. Bush
Robert F. Hale, Under Secretary of Defense, 2009.jpg Robert F. Hale 9 February 2009 – 2014[13] Robert M. Gates
Leon Panetta
Chuck Hagel
Barack Obama
Mike McCord.jpg Michael J. McCord 27 June 2014 – 20 January 2017[14] Chuck Hagel
Ash Carter
James Mattis
Barack Obama
Donald Trump
John roth.jpg John Roth (Acting) 20 January 2017 – 25 May 2017 James Mattis Donald Trump
David L. Norquist, official portrait.jpg David Norquist 25 May 2017 – present James Mattis Donald Trump

References[edit]

  1. ^ 5 U.S.C. § 5314
  2. ^ "US CODE: Title 10,135. Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)". Retrieved 23 September 2007.
  3. ^ "Search Results - THOMAS (Library of Congress)". Retrieved 23 September 2007.
  4. ^ "Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) > About OUSD(C) > OUSD(C) Top Leaders". comptroller.defense.gov. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  5. ^ "US CODE: Title 10,185. Financial Management Modernization Executive Committee". Retrieved 23 September 2007.
  6. ^ "US CODE: Title 10,186. Defense Business System Management Committee". Retrieved 23 September 2007.
  7. ^ "Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Budget Estimates, Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)" (PDF). Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), OSD. 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 October 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  8. ^ Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Budget Estimates, Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), p.664
  9. ^ Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Budget Estimates, Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), p.688-90
  10. ^ Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Budget Estimates, Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), p.714
  11. ^ "Department of Defense Key Officials" (PDF). Historical Office, OSD. 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
  12. ^ "Defense comptroller leaves for industry job". Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  13. ^ "Head Count | Tracking Obama's Appointments | The Washington Post". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 23 March 2010.
  14. ^ "Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) > About OUSD(C) > comptroller_Bio". comptroller.defense.gov. Retrieved 21 September 2016.

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