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EOM Panel Meeting - DOD CMO

National Academy of Public Administration
1600 K Street, NW, Suite 400
Washington DC,

Friday, May 17, 2019 at 10:00am - 11:45am

Subject:  The Evolving Role of the DOD Chief Management Officer Function

The leadership and focus of reform of the Defense Department’s enterprise-wide business operations has been underway for more than a decade. In 2005, GAO recommended that Defense create a Chief Management Officer with the authority to lead the reform efforts. Defense created such a position in 2007 when it designated the Deputy Secretary in that role, and Congress then created the role of Deputy Chief Management Officer to support his efforts.  In 2016, Congress required Defense to create a separate Chief Management Officer function, and over the following years increased its authority and responsibilities to make it equivalent to the third-highest ranking position in the Pentagon.

How and why has this role evolved, and what have been areas of priority attention? What worked, what still needs attention? Are there lessons for other agencies?



Peter Levine, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Defense Analysis, and former DOD Deputy Chief Management Officer

Beth McGrath, Managing Director, Deloitte, and former DOD Deputy Chief Management Officer

Elizabeth Field, Acting Director, Defense Capabilities and Management Team, U.S. Government Accountability Office


Logistics:  We will meet on Friday, May 17th, from 10:00 AM until 11:45 AM. (a light lunch will be available at noon) at NAPA’s offices, 1600 K Street, NW, on the 4th Floor.  Please note the entrance is on 16th St.


** This session will be closed to media and not for attribution. **

Please RSVP to Richard Pezzella at rpezzella@napawash.org and please indicate if you plan to attend via video or in person.


Background Reading Materials:

US GAO, “Defense Business Operations: DOD Should Take Steps to Fully Institutionalize the Chief Management Officer Role,” March 2019 - https://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-19-199

Department of Defense, “Initial Plan for Reforming the Business Operations of the Department of Defense for Efficiency and Effectiveness,” April 2019 - https://media.defense.gov/2019/Apr/26/2002122004/-1/-1/1/INITIAL-PLAN-FOR-DOD-REFORM-FY19.PDF