Glenn Mahone/Bob Jacobs
November 7, 2003
Senate Confirms Gwendolyn Brown As NASA Chief Financial Officer
NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe today announced the confirmation of Gwendolyn Brown as the agency's new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The U.S. Senate confirmed Brown late this afternoon.
"I'm excited for Gwen. I know she's pleased to be able to move forward," said Administrator O'Keefe. "This is a critical position for the agency and I appreciate Senator Ted Stevens' efforts in making this confirmation a priority. I also want to thank the entire Senate for expediting this confirmation."
The NASA CFO provides professional leadership for the planning, analysis, justification, control and reporting of all NASA fiscal resources, and for agency strategic management and planning, and performance measurement. Before her nomination in July, Brown served as NASA's Deputy Chief Financial Officer for Financial Management.
Prior to joining NASA, she was a senior Program Analyst with the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), Directorate for Program and Financial Control at the Pentagon. Brown was instrumental in instituting streamlined reporting requirements and developing electronic management reports which significantly reduced the amount of required hard-copy accounting data.
Brown began her Defense Department career as a Management Analyst in 1992, where she helped plan, develop and institute modern business and accounting practices. She joined the Pentagon's financial team after serving on the United States Senate staff. Brown started her public service career as a manager and auditor for the Defense Contract Audit Agency, Silver Spring, Md., in 1987.
She has a bachelor's degree in Accounting from The Catholic University of America and a master's degree in Public Administration from The American University, both in Washington, and she has been honored for her outstanding performance throughout her career.
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