Michael J. McCord
The Honorable Mike McCord was sworn in as the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer on June 1, 2021.
Previously he served as the Director, Civil-Military Programs at the Stennis Center for Public Service, a legislative branch organization devoted to promoting public service and enhancing congressional leadership skills.
From September 2020 to May 2021 he served on the Board of Trustees of the Aerospace Corporation, a research institution dedicated to supporting the federal government in conducting the nation’s space activities.
From November 2019 through January 2021, Mr. McCord served as the lead expert on defense budget matters for the Biden campaign and later the Biden-Harris transition team.
In addition, Mr. McCord was a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and in that role testified before Congress in 2019 on the need to improve congressional staff expertise and support on science and technology issues.
In 2017, he was appointed to the congressionally mandated Commission on the National Defense Strategy for the United States, which released its report Providing for the Common Defense in November 2018.
From January 2009 through January 2017 he served at the U.S. Department of Defense as the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer and before that as the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller). He was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate for each of these positions. In these roles he advised Secretaries of Defense Bob Gates, Leon Panetta, Chuck Hagel and Ash Carter on all budgetary and financial matters and was responsible for development and execution of annual defense budgets in excess of $550 billion.
As Comptroller, he was responsible for all communications and negotiations on defense budget matters between DoD and the President’s Office of Management and Budget as well as with the Congress. He was responsible for developing, presenting and defending the defense budget as well as for all reprogrammings needed to meet emerging DoD needs. He also managed the Department’s Recovery Act program from 2009-2011, which successfully executed over 4,000 construction and energy-efficiency projects and led the Department’s efforts to finance the 2014 response to the ebola crisis.
At the DoD, he was a four-time recipient of the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service (2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017) and was a member of senior level decision-making bodies to include the Secretary’s Leadership Council.
Prior to his service at the Department of Defense, Mr. McCord served for 24 years in the legislative branch, including 21 years as a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) for former Senators and Chairmen Sam Nunn and Carl Levin. As a member of the Senate staff his primary focus was on budget, fiscal policy, and military readiness and installation issues. During his time on the SASC he traveled extensively to do oversight of readiness and installation conditions to domestic and overseas locations where the Department had a significant troop presence to include the United States, Germany, Korea, Japan, Afghanistan, Iraq, the Balkans, the Middle East, Guam and Eastern Europe.
During his time on the SASC, Mr. McCord was the author of numerous legislative provisions including the language that set out the procedures for the most recent (2005) Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round and for the 1997 revisions to the depot maintenance laws setting out rules for public-private competition of these workloads. He was also instrumental in legislation creating the military’s housing privatization program.
Mr. McCord also served on the staff of the House Budget Committee as an analyst on defense and veterans programs, and as a cost analyst at the Congressional Budget Office.
Mr. McCord has a B.A. with honors in Economics from the Ohio State University and a Master of Arts in Public Policy from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2017 and 2018, he served as member of the advisory board for Ohio State’s Department of Economics.
He has guest-lectured on the federal budget process, defense budgeting and decision-making at American University and George Washington University and has presented on these topics to corporate CFOs, the Professional Services Council, and others.
He and his wife Donna are Ironman triathletes and have also completed multiple marathons, trail ultra-marathons, half-marathons and Ironman 70.3 triathlons. Mr. McCord currently serves as President of the Reston Runners club and previously served as president of their charitable arm, the Reston Runners Community Fund.