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Gwendolyn Brown Sykes -- NASA
Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Sykes joined NASA in November 2002 when she was selected as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer for Financial Management. Since that time, she has made significant strides toward improving agency-wide financial integrity. She has launched several management initiatives, aligned with the principles of the Federal Government’s Joint Financial Management Improvement Program (JFMIP), designed to improve NASA’s financial health and performance. Her leadership and resourcefulness are invaluable assets to the NASA Community. Prior to arriving at NASA, Ms. Sykes provided program and financial control support to the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller). She was instrumental in instituting streamlined financial reporting requirements and developing electronic financial management reports, significantly reducing the amount of paper work that flowed from the Department of Defense to the Department of Treasury and the Office of Management and Budget. Ms. Sykes began her public service career with the Defense Contract Audit Agency. Subsequently, she served as a legislative correspondent for Senator Ted Stevens, where she coordinated activities related to protecting Alaska’s vital fishery industry during the Valdez oil spill. In 2003, Ms. Sykes was awarded the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for outstanding budgetary and financial management leadership of the NASA financial community. She is considered an expert in the areas of accounting and financial management, and frequently lectures at a variety of financial management conferences and symposia. Ms. Sykes holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from The Catholic University of America and a master’s degree in Public Administration from The American University. She is a Certified Government Financial Manager.

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