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Chief Financial Officer's Biography

Douglas W. Webster

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Douglas W. Webster was sworn in as the Chief Financial Officer on January 7, 2008. A Presidential appointee confirmed by the Senate, he is responsible for the financial leadership of DOL. The Chief Financial Officer has responsibility for upholding strong financial management and accountability while providing timely, accurate, and reliable financial information and enhancing internal control.

Dr. Webster earlier served in government as the Principal Finance Advisor to the Iraq Ministry of Transportation under the Coalition Provisional Authority, Iraq from January to September, 2004. In that capacity he served as the Department of Defense representative with oversight responsibility of a ministry budget approaching $1B, provided financial advice to the Iraqi Minister of Transportation, and oversaw the creation of a 4,000 member ministry security force.

Dr. Webster began his service to the nation in 1972 when he was commissioned in the US Air Force. During his 21 year military career he served as a C-130 navigator, including seeing combat in Vietnam, as an air operations officer, and as a senior acquisition and engineering management officer. His final military assignment was in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he coordinated systems engineering policy across the Department of Defense.

Prior to joining the Department of Labor, Dr. Webster served as a senior manager at Grant Thornton LLP, where he led consulting engagement in cost management, performance management, strategic planning, and organizational change on behalf of federal agency clients.

Dr. Webster received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from the University of California-Los Angeles in 1972, a Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California in 1983, and a Doctorate in Business Administration from US International University in 1991. He served as an examiner in the United States Senate Productivity and Quality Award for Virginia — the Virginia equivalent of the Malcolm Baldrige. He is a Certified Government Financial Manager, a Project Management Professional, is certified in Information Technology Infrastructure Library, and co-author of the book Activity-Based Costing and Performance.

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