Editor's Note: Ms. Robinson left NASA in October 2014.
Confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Nov. 5, 2009, and sworn into office on Nov. 9, Elizabeth "Beth" Robinson is the Chief Financial Officer for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Through her leadership, Robinson ensures the financial health of the organization, including responsibility for ensuring that NASA resources are effectively employed toward the achievement of NASA's strategic plan. She manages the organization's budget and financial operations, directs the preparation and submission of annual financial and budgetary reports, and coordinates agency financial management activities with other federal agencies.
Prior to joining NASA, Robinson was the senior-most Office of Management and Budget career official, responsible for supporting the OMB Director in developing, publishing, and enacting the President's Budget request. As Assistant Director for Budget, she provided leadership in the preparation of budget proposals, database and documents; development and review of budget estimates; and development of budget procedures and budget accounting concepts.
Before becoming Assistant Director for Budget in September, 2005, Robinson served as the Deputy Director for the Congressional Budget Office, where she assisted the Director in the overall management of the organization and represented CBO on the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board.
Previously, Robinson served as OMB's Deputy Assistant Director for Budget Review and Concepts. Her primary responsibilities included overseeing the development of the President's discretionary budget request and associated budget documents; revisions to agency guidance and congressional scoring rules; issues arising in the execution of the budget; proposals for and Congressional action on appropriation bills; and policy analysis projects.
Prior to joining OMB's Budget Review Division, she worked as the OMB program examiner for energy issues, including the defense, intelligence, fossil energy, and science programs at the Department of Energy.
From 1994 to 1998, she was a staff member on the Committee on Science in the House of Representatives.
From 1989 to 1994, Robinson worked at the Congress's Office of Technology Assessment. Before that, she was an assistant professor of geophysics at Stanford University, having graduated from MIT with a Ph.D. in geophysics in 1987. She holds an undergraduate degree in physics from Reed College.