George E. Kovatch
As Deputy Comptroller, Budget and Appropriations Affairs, Mr. Kovatch is the lead interface between the Department of Defense (DoD) and the congressional appropriations committees. Responsible for presenting the defense budget to Congress, identifying key defense appropriations priorities to support the President’s budget, and aligning priorities to congressional processes and timelines to support legislative action. Works across Under Secretariats to identify leadership priorities; leads advocacy of priority funding and policies before the congressional defense appropriations committees. Prepares the Secretary of Defense, Deputy Secretary and DoD senior leaders for congressional engagements.
Mr. Kovatch previously served as Director of the Office of the Chief Management Officer (OCMO) for the Department of the Navy (DON). As OCMO, he led teams to rapidly prioritize, integrate and accelerate enterprise business transformation initiatives across the DON. He advised and assisted the Secretary and Under Secretary in establishing and adjudicating business transformation priorities in support of the National Defense Strategy, formulated a Business Operations Plan for transformation, increased access to timely and accurate information, assessed business system investments, and formulated analytical capabilities and resource strategy to improve DON decision-making.
His first Senior Executive Service assignment was Assistant Director, Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC), Office of Washington Operations. In this position, he was the principle advisor to the Director, developed and articulated FLETC strategy, plans, and policy positions on legislative matters to the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS), Congress, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and other Executive, Judicial, and Legislative branch organizations. He served as the agency’s representative in the National Capitol Region for over 90 Partner Organizations, state, local, tribal and international law enforcement organizations, professional associations, and the private sector. He successfully led the agency through the Congressional approval process for their first Authorization Act in their 45-year history.
Before returning to government service, Mr. Kovatch was a Principal at a Management Consulting and Information Technology solutions company where he successfully developed and executed the company’s Department of Homeland Security and Treasury Department business development strategies.
Mr. Kovatch served on the Senate Appropriations Committee staff from June 2010 to July 2013. The Committee has oversight of all 22 Department of Homeland Security agencies and appropriates their $45 billion annual budget. He led Committee oversight for the DHS Office of the Inspector General and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers.
Mr. Kovatch retired after 20 years active duty in the U. S. Coast Guard as a surface operations and financial management specialist. He served at sea in four Coast Guard Cutters at all levels of leadership up through Commanding Officer. As a financial manager he served in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) where he worked with OMB to gain approval of the Service’s first Funds Control policy since 1973. He stood up the Office of Financial Management Transformation and Compliance, responsible for planning the complete modernization of the Coast Guard’s financial system making the Service more effective, efficient and achieve success on the DHS CFO Audit.
A native of Hingham, Massachusetts, Mr. Kovatch is a graduate of Boston College’s Carroll School of Management and holds a Master’s of Business Administration from Columbia Business School.