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Archive for the ‘CFO’ Category By the numbers:’s National Dialogue

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We’ve been tracking how ‘s National Dialogue has been going — this is the innovative experiment to ask people to help solve the vexing issue of ensuring that there is transparency in the stimulus spending. [The DorobekInsider first posted about it here … and there is more hereand here …]

The National Dialogue wrapped up over the weekend.

20090504-recoveryThe statistics:

* Number of ideas proposed: 542
* Number of votes on those 542 ideas: 2,220
* Number of comments on those 542 ideas: 1,330
* Total number of registered users: 1,806
* Total number of server hits: 4.23 million

I understand that the team is getting together for their next steps — how do they go through all those ideas and assess them — and then determine which are workable.

In the meantime, you can read all of the ideas proposed here … or the top ranked ideas … or the ideas that generated the most comments.

Undoubtedly, one of the solutions will be XBRL, or the eXtensible Business Reporting Language. (I always love the forced acronyms.) XBRL is a mark-up language like HTML, which runs most Web pages, but XBRL is on financial steroids, and many people see it as one of the potentially pivotal tools toward enabling transparency. And yesterday, Federal News Radio’s Max Cacas spoke to folks in Nevada about how they are using XBRL .

Wallin says that with so many nations and agencies around the world now using XBRL extensively for financial reporting, and with all those groups contributing to its design and development using the open source model, it is now possible to build on the work already done on taxonomies (the individual policies that define each of the data tags used to mark up each category of data), and the tags themselves, and reduce the development time.

You can read and hear his full report here .

GSA CFO Turco awarded Scantlebury Award

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GSA CFO Kathleen Turco has been awarded the 2009 Donald L. Scantlebury Memorial Award.

From the release:

Chief Financial Officer Kathleen Turco was recently named as this year’s recipient of the Donald L. Scantlebury Memorial Award. The award is the highest recognition given to government executives who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and significant improvements in financial management in the public sector.

Turco was honored during the Joint Financial Management Improvement Program’s (JFMIP) Federal Financial Management Conference on March 12.
JFMIP is a cooperative undertaking of the Department of Treasury, Office of Management and Budget, Office of Personnel Management and the Government Accountability Office. The agencies work to improve and coordinate financial management policies and practices throughout the government. Turco’s award signifies due recognition for her continuous leadership in financial management, and for having been principally responsible for significant economies, efficiencies and improvements in the government.

Turco’s bio…

Kathleen M. Turco was appointed the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) on August 5, 2002.

In her capacity as the agency’s CFO, she provides enterprise-wide leadership for strategic planning, financial and budgetary analysis, performance budgeting, portfolio management, systems life cycle management, business case methodology and internal control processes and procedures. She provides the executive leadership and direction in administering the GSA’s Performance Management Process including the agencywide strategic planning, performance budgeting, financial management, and the core financial management system. She serves as principal advisor to the GSA Administrator on federal financial management, ensuring compliance with financial policies governing the $17 billion in financial activity for federal buildings, acquisition management, citizen services and governmentwide policy.

The GSA Office of the CFO (OCFO) is an Office of Management and Budget (OMB) designated Financial Management Line of Business (FMLoB) Shared Services Provider (SSP). OCFO offers “corporate” shared financial management services to GSA and more than 50 external customers by providing: high quality financial management services including strategic planning; budget and performance management; labor forecasting and distribution; financial analysis; financial operations (accounts payable, accounts receivable, cost allocation, asset management); ePayroll; travel management (E-Gov Travel), charge card (travel and purchase), financial reporting; internal controls and audit follow-up.

Ms. Turco came to GSA from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). At IRS she served as the Director of Financial Policy, Planning and Programs in the Office of the Chief Information Officer from 2001 to 2002 and was the IRS’ Deputy Chief Financial Officer for Strategic Planning and Budgeting where she directed the IRS strategic planning and budgeting from 1998 to 2002.

Prior to IRS, Ms. Turco was an examiner at the Executive Office of the President’s Office of Management and Budget for 10 years. She began her career with the Department of Education.

Ms. Turco was the recipient of a 2006 Presidential Rank Award as a meritorious executive and the 2008 Donald L. Scantlebury Memorial Award for Distinguished Leadership in Financial Management Improvement. She is a member of U.S. Chief Financial Officers Council and the Office of Federal Procurement Policy’s Cost Accounting Standards Board.

Ms. Turco has an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and a Master’s in business administration from the University of West Florida.

Written by cdorobek

March 24, 2009 at 3:51 PM

Posted in awards, CFO, Circuit

DorobekInsider: FedTimes reports DOD comptroller leaving

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Tina Jonas

Tina Jonas

Federal Times has the news that Tina Jonas, who has served as the Defense Department’s comptroller and CFO since 2004, is leaving that post.

Tina Jonas has left her post as the Pentagon’s comptroller, where she oversaw the world’s largest military budget, to join the long list of former Defense Department officials who now help direct the U.S. defense industry.

Sikorsky spokesman Paul Jackson confirmed that Jones has accepted a position with the Connecticut-based firm, which makes military and commercial planes and helicopters and also provides spare parts and maintenance services.

Jonas has made great strides taming the messy DOD financial systems — something that has been seen as impossible before her tenure. It still isn’t fixed, but most people give her credit for making a lot of progress.

She is a political appointee, so not a huge shock that she is leaving. That being said, the fact that she is going to work for a defense contractor will raise eyebrows — or more.

Read her DOD bio after the break.

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Written by cdorobek

October 2, 2008 at 8:32 AM

Posted in CFO, DOD, Whose In and Whose Out

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