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E-mail: “New Director DCAA as of November 9, 2009”

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My article on the following e-mail.

—–Original Message—–
From: Stephenson, April, Ms, SES DCAA
Sent: Monday, October 26, 2009 2:08 PM
To: DCAA ALL DCAA Distribution List
Subject: New Director DCAA as of November 9, 2009

To All DCAA Employees

Below is an email message from the Honorable Robert Hale, Under
Secretary Defense (Comptroller) announcing my reassignment to a senior
executive position in the Comptroller’s office effective November 9th.
Mr. Patrick Fitzgerald, Director of the Army Audit Agency will be
appointed Director, DCAA effective the same day.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the employees of DCAA for
their tireless efforts in auditing contractor costs.  As Mr. Hale
mentions in his email below, DCAA plays a critical role in the
acquisition process.  Without the efforts of all DCAA employees,
billions of dollars of contractor overpayments and unallowable costs
would go undetected.

FY 2009 was a challenging year with the implementation of many
improvements across the Agency.  I appreciate the dedication and can-do
attitude of the DCAA workforce.   The many employee suggestions received
throughout the year were essential in developing new initiatives and
refining prior processes.

Although I will be moving on to new challenges, the employees of DCAA
will always be in my heart.

April G. Stephenson
Director, DCAA

E-MAIL TO DCAA EMPLOYEES FROM MR. HALE

I want to announce that Mr. Patrick Fitzgerald, currently the Auditor
General of the Army, will be taking over as the new DCAA Director.  Mr.
Fitzgerald is a CPA and has almost 30 years of audit experience.  He has
an excellent reputation as a successful manager of large, geographically
diverse audit organization.  He currently heads the DCAA Oversight
Committee, a group that I set up to help me provide oversight.    I
believe that Mr. Fitzgerald is particularly well qualified to guide DCAA
during this period.  He will take over as DCAA Director effective on
Monday, November 9, 2009.

I want to thank Ms. April Stephenson for her service at DCAA, mostly
recently as its Director.  During her tenure as Director, Ms. Stephenson
implemented a number of changes that will provide the foundation for
improvements at DCAA.  After leaving DCAA effective November 8, 2009,
Ms. Stephenson has accepted reassignment to an SES position on the staff
of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller).

DCAA remains a critical part of the acquisition process.  The strong and
capable staff at DCAA, coupled with hard work from all of you, helps DoD
acquire the best goods and services for our warfighters at reasonable
prices.  We must carefully address the concerns raised about DCAA in
recent reports issued by the GAO and the DoDIG.  I want to work with Mr.
Fitzgerald and the Agency’s employees to address those concerns in ways
that strengthen the organization and permit it to continue performing
its important role.

Thank you for your continued service.

Robert F. Hale
Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)

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Written by schwellenbach

October 26, 2009 at 9:16 pm

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