President George Bush has appointed Gwendolyn Brown as NASA’s new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Brown’s nomination was confirmed by the United States Senate.

“This is a critical position for the agency and I want to
thank the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce,
Science, and Transportation, Senator John McCain, for
expediting this confirmation,” said Administrator O’Keefe.
“I’m excited for Gwen and I deeply appreciate Senator Ted
Stevens’ work in making this confirmation a priority.”

The NASA CFO provides professional leadership for the
planning, analysis, justification, control and reporting of
all NASA fiscal resources, and for agency strategic management
and planning, and performance measurement. Before her
nomination in July, Brown served as NASA’s Deputy Chief
Financial Officer for Financial Management.

Prior to joining NASA, she was a senior Program Analyst with
the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller),
Directorate for Program and Financial Control, at the
Pentagon. Brown 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 U.S. Senate
staff for Senator Ted Stevens, R-Alaska. Brown started her
public service career as a manager and auditor for the Defense
Contract Audit Agency, Silver Spring, Md., in 1987.

A native of Anchorage, Alaska, she has a bachelor’s degree in
Accounting from The Catholic University of America and a
master’s degree in Public Administration from American
University, both in Washington, and she has been honored for
her outstanding performance throughout her career.