Norman Dong Leaves as OMB Acting Controller

April 4, 2014 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

OMB-SealSometimes you can’t tell the players without a program. Here we are, during one of the most pivotal times in the history of federal grants as grant stakeholders attempt to understand the changes in the Office of Management and Budget’s uniform grant guidance, yet we continue to see a shakeup in the controller level at OMB. If there was ever a time for stability, this would be it. However, that is not to be.

Norman Dong, acting controller at OMB, recently left his position to become commissioner at the Public Buildings Service for the General Services Administration, where he will manage the nationwide asset management, design, construction, leasing, building management and disposal of about 378 million square feet of government-owned and leased space covering all 50 states, six U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

Dong, who had served as deputy controller, and then acting controller, since April 2012, was responsible for coordinating governmentwide improvements in financial management. He previously served as the chief financial officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and was the deputy mayor for operations and city administrator under former District of Columbia Mayor Anthony A. Williams.

Dong’s departure from OMB came on the heels of the resignation of OMB Controller Danny Werfel at the end of last year. Werfel had been OMB controller since October 2009. Werfel also served as interim commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service from May to December 2013.

There is some discussion that OMB may have another acting controller as it searches for a permanent one. Let’s hope whoever eventually becomes controller stays awhile. During a critical time as this, effective leadership is desperately needed at the top government level.

Who do you think would make an effective controller? Let us know.


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