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Richard A. Cota
Deputy Chief Financial Officer

Richard A. Cota is the deputy chief financial officer in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at the John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC). He is responsible for planning, directing, and reviewing the total financial and resource operation to provide comprehensive advice to the center director and other senior center management in strategy development, planning, and policy making. Under the authority of the CFO, Cota provides direction to approximately 110-115 Civil Service personnel and technical direction to approximately 20 contractor personnel. Since 1997, Cota has also been serving as the KSC Integrated Financial Management Program (IFMP) Project manager with responsibility for providing agency-level support in developing and implementing IFMP and for transition / implementation of IFMP at KSC. Further, under Full Cost management, budgeting, and accounting, which began in FY 2004, Cota has also been serving as the General and Administrative Manager.

Prior to his appointment as the deputy CFO in 1998, Cota was the chief of the Payload Resources Management Office in the Office of the CFO with responsibility for managing the process for preparation, defense, and execution of the KSC Payloads, Space Station, Expendable Launch Vehicles (ELVs), and Life Sciences budgets. He has also served as the deputy CFO for Resources. And prior to the reorganization of the Comptroller (now CFO) organization in 1994, he was the chief of the Resources Management Office. His responsibility was to manage the process for preparation, defense, and execution of the total KSC budget.

Prior to his appointment to this position in June 1991, Cota was the chief of the Policy and Requirements Analysis Office also in the Comptroller Office at KSC. He was responsible for providing technical analysis and assessment of the requirements, schedules, and resources for Shuttle and Payloads processing, institutional support, and engineering development activities at KSC; and for management of all KSC reimbursable policy.

Cota joined KSC in 1964 as an engineering trainee co-op in the Engineering Development Directorate. After graduating from college, he returned to Engineering Development until 1975, when he became the firing accessories and mechanical ground support equipment manager in the Shuttle Projects Office with the responsibility for managing and validating the design of this type hardware that was provided by KSC for the Shuttle Program. In 1983, Cota transferred to the comptroller as the engineering development requirements and resources technical manager in the Requirements Analysis Office until 1985 when he was selected as chief of that office.

Cota has received a NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, a NASA Exceptional Service Medal, a JSC Cost Reduction Award, a NASA Technical Brief Award, and several letters of appreciation and NASA Group Achievement Awards.

Cota was born in Tampa, Fla. He received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from the University of South Florida. He and his wife, the former Loretta Smith of Tampa, Fla., reside in Titusville, Fla., and have two children, Anthony and Canaan, and three grandchildren, Chase, Anthony III and Isabella.

March 2005

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