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Elizabeth (Beth) McGrath currently serves as the Deputy Director for the Department of Defense (DoD) Business Modernization and Systems Integration (BMSI) Program. In this position, she oversees the transformation and modernization of DoD’s business and financial processes and systems required to support decision-making at all levels throughout the Department. This includes developing and maintaining the DoD-wide blueprint, known as the Business Enterprise Architecture (BEA). The BEA will provide a mechanism to better understand the complex systems and organizational inter-relationships that exist in DoD business operations. This comprehensive initiative will enable DoD to transform its business operations so that accurate, reliable and timely business information is available on a routine basis to support informed decision making at all levels throughout the Department.
Preceding her present position, Ms. McGrath served as the Deputy Director for Systems Integration for the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS). While at DFAS, she managed the replacement of numerous Defense wide legacy systems through the implementation of the Department of Defense’s finance and accounting migration system strategy with a collective annual budget of approximately $130M and $1B over the life cycle. She was responsible for managing all aspects of the Agency’s financial architecture that supports DOD-wide standard financial systems and the integration of the Department’s evolving target architecture. The scope crossed logistics, personnel, medical, acquisition and financial functional areas and included multiple Acquisition Category 1AM and III Programs.
Prior to joining DFAS in 1999, Ms. McGrath served in a variety of Program Management roles over a full range of professional levels - from a logistician to a program manager, culminating in PEO level oversight responsibility. With over 15 years applied acquisition experience with Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAP) and Major Automated Information Systems (MAIS) including Program Executive Office level oversight, she possess extensive knowledge of acquisition-related statutes, regulations and policies. She has served as the Business and Acquisition Manager for an International Program with the United Kingdom and numerous other financial, acquisition and program management positions within the Department of the Navy.
Ms. McGrath holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from George Mason University. She is Acquisition Level III certified in Program Management, Financial Management and Logistics, is a member of the DoD Acquisition Professional Community, and a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute (FEI).
Executive Director Defense Programs, Defense Enterprise Solutions, Northrop Grumman IT
Mr. Fitzgerald is Executive Director, Defense Programs, Defense Enterprise Solutions, Northrop Grumman IT. He is leading the development of innovative solutions supporting the Department of Defense’s transformation and modernization initiatives to create adaptive, agile, sense and respond solutions for complex Force Centric Business and Technology problems in the Defense marketplace. Mr. Fitzgerald was formerly the Director, Navy and Marine Corps and Army Enterprise Solutions with Oracle Corporation; Consulting Practice Director for Integrated Logistics/Supply Chain Management Solutions, Electronic Data Corporation (EDS), and Managing Consultant with Booz-Allen & Hamilton. Mr. Fitzgerald has extensive domestic and international management, leadership, and consulting experience in improving enterprise performance and providing technology solutions for government, private industry, and international organizations.
Relationship Manager, Federal Government Banking Division, Vice President, Global Government Group, Bank of America
Beth Ewing has been a part of the Federal Government Banking Group for Bank of America since January of 2002. This division at Bank of America is responsible for all services provided to the US Government, both domestically and internationally. Bank of America acts as a financial agent to the US Treasury and other government agencies, providing collection, treasury and disbursement services under the Plastic Card Network, Electronic Federal Tax Payment Systems (EFTPS), IRS Lockbox, General Lockbox and numerous depository relationships under Treasury General Agency contracts supplying enterprise solutions for various agency specific systems and services. Ms. Ewing currently manages relationships with the United Postal Service, the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice, and Veteran Affairs and leads various projects on behalf of Bank of America with FMS/Department of Treasury. Ms. Ewing’s career achievements include founding the Treasury Management Association of Northeast Florida where she held the position of President in 1996 and the recipient of the Certificate of Excellence in 2001 from Bank of America’s Global Trade Services group. She is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, attended Georgia State University and has achieved a permanent Certified Cash Manager designation.
Vice President & General Manager, Mission Support Systems, Defense Enterprise Solutions, Northrop Grumman IT
Mark A. Jendzejec is Vice President and General Manager of Mission Support Systems, Northrop Grumman Information Technology. His business focus is on systems integration/modernization in the Human Resources, Finance, and Transportation Information Technology markets for the Department of Defense. Programs such as Interactive Personnel Records Management System (iPERMS), Defense Integrated Military Human Resources System (DIMHRS), Agile Transportation for the 21st Century (AT21), and Air Force Case Management Control System (CMCS) are under his leadership, dealing directly with transformation and building an adaptive enterprise. Mr. Jendzejec built an organization with strong competencies in process and application integration, Web Services, COTS solution integration, automated identification technology, records management, and cyber and physical security. His customer base includes the Army Personnel Command, TRANSCOM, US Army CECOM, US Army Reserves, USAF Program Manager Automated Identification Technology, SPAWAR, Navy’s PEO Information Technology, Navy Commander, Naval Installations (CNI), and the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller). In the fall of 1999, Northrop Grumman selected Mr. Jendzejec to attend the highly regarded Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. He holds an MBA from Monmouth College in New Jersey and a BS in Economics from Alliance College in Pennsylvania.
Jackson, Jr. (Woody)
Partner, KPMG, LLP
Mr. Jackson is a Partner in the Health Care and Public Services sector of KPMG LLP, the international accounting and assurances services firm. He is currently the Partner in charge of much of KPMG’s work at the Department of Defense, the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Forest Service, Department of State, and other Federal agencies. Prior to joining KPMG in 1999 Mr. Jackson was the Deputy Controller of the Office of Federal Financial Management in the Office of Management and Budget. Prior to joining the Federal Government in 1992, Mr. Jackson was Deputy Auditor of Public Accounts for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Jackson recently completed terms on the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board, which issues Federal accounting standards; the U.S. Comptroller General’s Advisory Council on Government Auditing Standards, which recommends changes to the Government Auditing Standards (Yellow Book); and the Auditing Standards Board of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, which issues generally accepted auditing standards for all Certified Public Accountants in the United States. In 1998, Mr. Jackson received the Outstanding CPA in government award from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
(Retired) Fred A. (Al) Runnels, Jr.
CFO, Coalition Provisional Authority, Iraq
Colonel (Ret) Al Runnels has approximately 30 years experience serving in financial management, financial services, and comptroller positions within the Department of Defense.
He is currently assigned to the Office of the Coalition Provisional Authority Inspector General. Following his retirement from the Army, he served with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service as the Director of Vendor Pay Services, overseeing vendor pay operations at 22 sites in the US, Germany, and Japan, responsible for payment of approximately 10 million commercial invoices per year, totaling $70 billion. During the period June through November 2003, Mr. Runnels served in a dual-hat role as the Chief of the Pentagon - Coalition Provisional Authority Management Liaison Cell and as the Chief Financial Officer of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, Iraq.
During his 27 year military career, Colonel (Ret) Runnels served in a variety of troop and staff officer positions, including duty at brigade, division, major command, and joint staff levels. He served as the Senior Military Assistant to the Director, DFAS from June 1999 through September 2001. He commanded the 67th Finance Detachment at Fort Riley, KS; the 502d Finance Support Command, at Fort Hood, TX; the 176th Finance Battalion in Korea; and the 18th Finance Group and the 18th Soldier Support Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, NC.
Colonel (Ret) Runnels performed duties in staff finance and comptroller positions including Disbursing Officer, 1st Infantry Division; Deputy Finance Officer, 25th Infantry Division; Comptroller, 2d Armored Division; and as a Program and Budget Officer, at HQ USAREUR and 7th Army. He served on the Joint Staff as Chief of the Operations Branch within the Directorate for Force Structure, Resources, and Assessment (J-8). In his assignment as Commander of the 18th Soldier Support Group (Airborne), he served as the XVIII Airborne Corps Staff Finance Officer, the Corps Adjutant General, and the Commander, North Carolina Area Casualty Command.
He is a 1974 graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelors degree in Accounting and holds an MBA from Syracuse University and a Masters in Strategic Resources Management from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Army Legion of Merit, and the DFAS Distinguished Civilian Service Medal. He was also awarded the Parachutist Badge.
Colonel (Ret) Runnels is married to the former Kathy Kyle of Jackson, Mississippi. They have a daughter Kelley, and two sons, Scott and Kyle. Kelley is married to Todd Schuerhoff of Alexandria, VA and they have a son, Noah.
Director of Human Resource Policy, Department of Homeland Security
Kay Frances Dolan is the Director of Human Resource Policy at the Department of Homeland Security. She is responsible for creating a new human resource system for the Department.
Ms. Dolan previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Department of the Treasury and Director of Human Resource Management for the Federal Aviation Administration, where she led the development of a new personnel system for the agency. Prior to that, she held several positions with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in Washington, DC, and three field locations; these positions included Director of Research and Demonstration Projects, Deputy Director for the Office of Retirement Programs, and Honolulu/Pacific Area Manager.
She is a recipient of a Presidential Meritorious Rank Award, the Secretary of the Treasury’s Exceptional Service Award, the Secretary of Transportation’s Silver Medal, and several awards from OPM and non-Federal organizations. She is an honors graduate of the University of Oregon where she was selected for Phi Beta Kappa.
Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio
Mike Causey has been the steady, no-nonsense "go to" source of critical information for federal employees for more than 20 years. Prior to taking the helm of The Federal Diary at the Washington Post, Mike worked in a number of departments at the newspaper, serving as a reporter en route to becoming a columnist. Among his most interesting reporting assignments: covering the first Beatles concert in America, and coining the term "Inside the Beltway" shortly after being the first reporter to drive the entire length of the Washington, DC beltway in the mid 60s.
Before joining the Post, Mike tried out for the Cleveland Indians (who urged him to take up another line of work), worked on a tobacco farm in Kentucky and served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1957 until 1965. He attended both George Washington and American University in Washington, DC.
Mike has been a student of Korean and Japanese martial arts and once taught unarmed combat and self-defense.
Off duty he is the father of four adult children--two sons and two daughters--and, at last count, five brilliant grandchildren, including four granddaughters (with a set of identical twins) and a grandson.
Acting Director, DFAS Internal Review
On 1 March 2004, Jack Rouch was appointed the Acting Director for Internal Review for the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS). In this capacity, Mr. Rouch is responsible for the administration of the agency-wide internal review program, which includes performance audits, system audits, investigations and quality initiatives. Mr. Rouch’s duties include responsibility for implementation of Lean6, a corporate initiative that combines the Lean and Six Sigma improvement methodologies for identifying and eliminating waste and providing best value to DFAS customers. Previously, Mr. Rouch was the Deputy Director for Internal Review and the Deputy Director for Quality and Performance Assessment with overall management responsibilities for those two offices.
Mr. Rouch served as Performance Audit Executive for DFAS Internal Review during 2001-2002. In this role, he provided oversight for performance audits conducted by Internal Review. He assisted in planning engagements, monitoring their execution, and evaluating whether they were conducted in accordance with government auditing standards. He had responsibility for coordinating the preparation of the annual work plan and production of the semiannual report on results.
Before joining DFAS, Mr. Rouch served 10 years with the Department of Education's Office of Inspector General (ED-OIG). He was an original member of ED-OIG's Financial Statement Audit Team and led the first financial statement audit at the Department conducted as a result of the Chief Financial Officers Act. In October 1996, Mr. Rouch joined the newly formed systems audit team and helped build a strong ED-OIG systems audit capability. He led audits related to the department's management of information technology, year 2000 renovation project, systems development, systems security, and duplicate payments. He became Director of the Systems Internal Audit Team in June 2000.
Prior to his government service, Mr. Rouch was a supervisory senior auditor at KPMG Peat Marwick. He led financial statement audits at clients in the government, banking, and not-for-profit sectors.
Mr. Rouch is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Information Systems Auditor, and a Certified Government Financial Manager. He received his Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Virginia Tech, and his Masters degree in Information Resource Management from Syracuse University. Mr. Rouch completed the Advanced Management Program at the Information Resources Management College of the National Defense University in April 1998.
Adjunct Faculty member of the Graduate School, USDA
Richard J. Arns is an Adjunct Faculty member of the Graduate School, USDA and has been one of the principle instructors of the Enhanced Defense Financial Management Training Course since its launch in Syracuse, NY in January, 2000. For six years prior to that, Rich was one of the Graduate School’s (and formerly the USOPM’s) most sought after instructors in the fields of Federal Appropriations (Fiscal) Law and Budgeting.
Outside of the Graduate School, Mr. Arns has headed his own tax and accounting firm (R.J. Arns Accounting Service), served as a senior financial manager for the Army Troop and Aviation Command, a Comptroller for the Army Reserve Personnel Center in St. Louis, and for the Military Traffic Management Command in Oakland, CA. Earlier in his career Rich also served as an Accounting Supervisor at HQ Strategic Air Command, Omaha.
Mr. Arns is a recipient of the coveted Graduate School, USDA Faculty Excellence Award; he has served as a guest lecturer at a variety of colleges and universities and as an officer of both the St Louis and San Francisco chapters of ASMC.
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July 13, 2014