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DOD Awards Personnel Instrumental in Financial Reform Efforts

Gerald Scroop

October 7, 2020

The Undersecretary of Defense Financial Management Awards for 2019 were presented Oct. 5, in a Pentagon ceremony. The awards recognize Defense Department personnel who made outstanding contributions to improving DOD financial management.

Sound financial management is a top priority of the department, David L. Norquist, the deputy secretary of defense said.

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Financial reforms, such as identifying savings, spending wisely and reducing duplicative efforts are key to the National Defense Strategy, which makes the department a more lethal and efficient force, he said. 

When additional funds are made available through such reform efforts, they can be reinvested into essential capabilities such as hypersonics, 5G and artificial intelligence, he said.

"While we all strive to be good stewards of taxpayer resources, it is our sharpest minds that make the difference," he said. "You are these people. You represent the best of what our department has to offer."

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This year, the board evaluated 79 nominations and recommended a total of 16 winners across the four categories, he said. The awards recognize those whose actions have resulted in significant savings to the taxpayer, said Thomas Harker, performing the duties of the undersecretary of defense, comptroller. 

"Our award nominees demonstrated above and beyond dedication to our financial management community and this year's winners are no exception. From improving audit and accountability processes to leveraging technology to maximizing efforts, this year's winners demonstrate the caliber and creativity of our workforce," he said.

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The 2019 board chair, Glenda Scheiner, said the award winners' actions have resulted in significant savings to the taxpayers.

"Our award nominees demonstrated above and beyond dedication to our financial management community, from improving audit and accountability processes to leveraging technology to maximize efforts. This year's winners demonstrate the caliber and creativity of our workforce," she said.

Scheiner noted that the awards board consisted of top level officials, including enlisted members from the department and the military services.

Awardees are as follows:

Contributions in Financial Management (Excluding Budget)

Contributions in Financial Management in a Contingency Operation

Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) Salute to Savings (Three winners)

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