NASA Administrator Names Deputy Chief Financial Officer

Press Release From: NASA HQ
Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2002

Gwendolyn Brown has been selected as NASA's Deputy Chief Financial Officer, effective Nov. 1. As the Deputy Chief Financial Officer at NASA Headquarters in Washington, she will manage day-to-day financial operations, direct the preparation and submission of annual financial and related reports, and coordinate Agency financial management activities with other related federal agencies.

"Gwen will bring a fresh perspective to NASA, with a view developed by a strong financial management background at the Pentagon. She has been a leader developing and implementing electronic systems to increase accounting accuracy, simplify the reporting process, and streamline the decision-making process," said NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe. "Accurate, relevant and timely accounting data are essential for our diverse programs, and we are just at the start of bringing a comprehensive financial management process on line. Gwen's experience and expertise will help ensure that we do this correctly."

Brown replaces Stephen J. Varholy, who retired in September. Kenneth J. Winter, who has been serving as Acting Deputy at Headquarters during this interim period since Varholy's retirement, will return to his duties at NASA's Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va., as the center's Chief Financial Officer.

Prior to coming to NASA, Brown was a senior Program Analyst with the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), Directorate for Program and Financial Control at the Pentagon. She was instrumental in instituting streamlined reporting requirements and developing electronic management reports which significantly reduced the amount of required hard copy accounting data.

Brown began her Defense Department career as a Management Analyst in 1992, where she helped plan, develop and institute modern business and accounting practices. She joined the Pentagon's financial team after serving on the United States Senate staff. Brown started her public service career as a manager and auditor for the Defense Contract Audit Agency, Silver Springs, Md., in 1987.

She has a bachelor's degree in Accounting from The Catholic University of America and a master's degree in Public Administration from The American University, both in Washington, and has been honored for her outstanding performance throughout her career.

Additional information about the Office of the Chief Financial Officer is available on the Internet at:

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