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MARILYN M. THOMAS

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Marilyn M. Thomas, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Management and Comptroller, Headquarters United States Air Force, Washington, D.C. She has oversight of the budgeting, cost estimating and financial operations of more than $160 billion in resources annually in support of Air Force priorities and at the direction of the Congress, the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of the Air Force. Additionally, she has responsibility for the development and training for the Air Force financial management community to include military and civilian members. From April 2017 through December 2017, Ms. Thomas served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Financial Management and Comptroller.

 

Ms. Thomas began her career with the Air Force as a Palace Acquire intern upon graduation from Oklahoma State University. She has held progressively more responsible positions within the Air Force and the Marine Corps in the areas of budget formulation, program integration and resource management. Her experience spans several appropriations and functional areas, including cost, budget, and acquisition. Ms. Thomas assumed her current position in April 2017.


EDUCATION
1987 Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
1992 Master of Arts degree in Economics, George Mason University, Fairfax, Va.
1993 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1998 Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
1998 Defense Leadership and Management Program, Washington, D.C. 
2010 Leadership at the Peak, Colorado Springs, Colo. 

CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1. July 1987 - June 1989, Financial and Program Analyst, Air Force Cost Analysis Agency, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cost Analysis, Washington, D.C.
2. July 1989 - July 1990, Financial Administration and Program Analyst, Aircraft Procurement Division, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget, Washington, D.C.
3. August 1990 - July 1993, Budget Analyst, Fiscal Analysis and Control Division, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget, Washington, D.C.
4. August 1993 - July 1997, Supervisory Budget Analyst, Revolving Funds Division, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget, Washington, D.C.
5. August 1997 - June 1998, Student, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
6. June 1998 - May 1999, Branch Chief, Operation and Maintenance Execution Branch, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget, Washington, D.C.
7.  May 1999 - May 2000, Chief, Security Assistance Division, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget, Washington, D.C.
8.  June 2000 - June 2001, Deputy Division Chief, Program Integration Division, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Washington, D.C.
9.  July 2001 - Aug 2002, Chief, Space, Missiles and Other Procurement Division, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget, Washington, D.C.
10.  September 2002 - May 2003, Director for Resources and Analysis, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Washington, D.C.
11.  May 2003 - January 2006, Director for Budget Management and Execution, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget, Washington, D.C.
12.  January 2006 - January 2007, Director, Budget Investment, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
13.  February 2007 - May 2009, Deputy Commander for Resource Management, Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, VA
14.  June 2009 - April 2012, Deputy for Budget, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
15.  April 2012 - September 2014, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Management and Comptroller, Headquarters, U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
16.  September 2014 – April 2017, Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, Management and Deputy Chief Management Officer, Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.
17. April 2017 –December 2017, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
18. 
April 2017 – present, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Management and Comptroller, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C

AWARDS AND HONORS
1999 Exemplary Civilian Service Award
2004 Meritorious Civilian Service Award
2007 Exceptional Civilian Service Award
2009 Superior Civilian Service Award
2011 Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award
National Partnership for Reinventing Government "Hammer Award"
2015 Distinguished Senior Executive Presidential Rank Award
Numerous performance awards

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS
DAWIA Financial Management, Level III
DAWIA Program Management, Level II 
DoD Financial Management Certification, Level III

(Current as of January 2018)

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