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Sandra V. Richardson
Ms. Sandra V. Richardson was appointed Director, Resource Issues, Office of Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) on July 20, 2009. She provides advice on and oversight of the formulation and development of Defense policies for financial management within DoD. Her responsibility also included the day to day oversight of the implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 within the Department of Defense (DoD) and monitoring the implementation of efficiencies for the Department.
Prior to returning to DoD, Ms. Richardson served as finance officer in the U.S. Army where she retired on December 31, 2006 with over 28 years of service. Her last assignment was Senior Military Executive Assistant to the Director, Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS). She served as a principal adviser to the agency’s Director, who was responsible for providing the DoD with the full spectrum of finance and accounting services worldwide.
She held a variety of other command and staff financial management positions within DoD throughout her 28 years of service. Command positions held include: Commander, DFAS Orlando; Commander, 176th Finance Battalion, Yongsan, Korea; Commander, 45th Finance Support Unit and Deputy Finance and Accounting Officer in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Key staff positions include Program/Budget Officer for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army and Chief Financial Management Officer for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Ms. Richardson is a native of Beatrice, Alabama. She graduated with honors from Tuskegee University with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting. She also holds a Masters of Accountancy from the University of Alabama. Her military education included the United States Army Command and General Staff College, the Joint Professional Military Education Course and the Army War College. She received many awards and decorations during her years of service including the Defense Superior Service Award, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service and Army Commendation Medals. She was also awarded the Tuskegee University Presidential Distinguished Service Award (2003), J.F. Shields High School Distinguished Graduate Award (2011), and History Makers Past and Present Award 2011, Tuskegee University Regional Legacy of Leadership Award (2011).
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