Distinguished Speaker Series
Mary Sally Matiella
Eller MBA '76
Assistant Secretary of the Army, Financial Management and Comptroller
Topic: The Politics of Federal Financial Management
Thursday, September 22, 2011
About Mary Sally Matiella
Dr. Mary Sally Matiella, Office of the Secretary of the Army, Financial Management and Comptroller (ASA FM&C), advises the Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff on all matters related to Army financial management. She oversees the development, formulation, and implementation of policies, procedures, and programs for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of overall resources in the Department of the Army. She is also responsible for the formulation and submission of the Army budget to Congress and the American people.
On November 23, 2009, President Barack H. Obama nominated Dr. Matiella as Assistant Secretary of the Army, Financial Management and Comptroller, and she was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on February 11, 2010. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Matiella served as Assistant Chief Financial Officer for Accounting for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). She was responsible for the payment of over $40 billion in annual grants, loans and subsidies, and the consolidation and submission of quarterly and annual financial statements to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). She ensured HUD was in full compliance with government legislation, generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), and other governmental budget and accounting standards. Under her leadership, HUD earned "unqualified" audit opinions each fiscal year and received all "green" ratings from OMB for its accounting practices.
In December 2001, Dr. Matiella entered the Senior Executive Service and served as the Chief Financial Officer for the USDA Forest Service. She oversaw the formulation and execution of a $4 billion annual budget, which funded the management of 200 million acres of national forest and grasslands. Under her leadership, the Forest Service received its first ever "clean" audit opinion in FY 2002 and the GAO, April 2003 report, recognized the Forest Service for “Significant Improvement in Financial Reporting.”