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NASA Names Pamela Hanes Cucarola Chief Financial Officer at Marshall Space Flight Center
Angela Storey
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

News release: 07-017

Pamela Hanes Cucarola HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Pamela Hanes Cucarola has been named the chief financial officer at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., leading the office responsible for managing an annual budget of approximately $2.6 billion for one of NASA's largest field installations.

Named to the position in January 2007, she is responsible for development, implementation and administration of integrated resources management at the Marshall Center. This includes all aspects of planning, programming and budgeting processes, along with guidelines for distributing funds. Cucarola is responsible for the Marshall Center's factual, legal and integrated financial reporting and control system that ensures accountability of funds and other resources.

Cucarola had served as deputy director of the Budget Office in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer at NASA Headquarters in Washington since September 2005. She supervised a wide variety of financial and budget operational activities and special project initiatives. In addition, she was appointed to lead the agency's Financial Integration Team addressing NASA's critical financial management challenges.

In 2002, Cucarola served as manager of the Integrated Financial Management Program's Administrative Systems Implementation Projects Office at the Marshall Center. The program is an agency-wide effort to modernize NASA's financial and administrative systems process by introducing new software systems and business processes. In 2000, Cucarola was named manager of the program's Core Financial Project Office at Marshall, responsible for implementing agency-wide standard business processes and systems to support NASA's financial management functions.

In 1997, she was named chief of the Systems and Processes Office in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer at the Marshall Center, leading the design, development, coordination and implementation support of new financial and resource management systems, along with the update or revision of existing systems. She also served as the deputy project manager of the Integrated Financial Management Project.

Cucarola was chief of the Financial Systems Division at the Marshall Center from 1992 to 1997. She helped interpret government budgetary regulations and analyze how regulatory changes affected the center's financial management. In 1991, she served as chief of the Government Accounting Branch at Marshall, processing payments for travel and transportation expenses.

From 1989 to 1991, she was a systems accountant in the center's Financial Systems Division, where she studied and analyzed systems outside the center, researching ways to improve Marshall's financial systems. She joined NASA as an operating accountant at the Marshall Center in 1982.

Cucarola earned a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1985 from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Her awards from NASA include a Manned Flight Awareness Award for dedication to quality work and flight safety; six Sustained Superior Performance Awards; two Special Service Awards; a NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal; and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, recognizing significant, sustained performance characterized by unusual initiative or creativity.

A native of Huntsville, Cucarola and her husband, Gerald, live in Union Grove, Ala.

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