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Elizabeth McGrath to retire from DOD

Elizabeth McGrath

Elizabeth McGrath is about to retire from a 25-year DOD career, insiders say.

Veteran Defense Department official Elizabeth McGrath will be stepping down from her position as deputy chief management officer, according to Pentagon sources.

A spokesman said he could not confirm or deny that McGrath is retiring, but sources speaking on background said that she informed colleagues of her impending departure in a Nov. 4 staff meeting.

When asked in a September interview with FCW about her future plans, McGrath left the door open to potential a career change.

"I have no definitive plans to leave the office ... but I've been at DOD for 25 years. At some point I'll have to leave," she said.

McGrath is the Pentagon's first DCMO. She was sworn in July 1, 2010, and since then has focused on reforming DOD financial management, business operations and enterprise-wide systems efficiencies. Prior to her current role, she served as deputy director for systems integration at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service.

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Thu, Jan 9, 2014

Well - it's January 9, 2014 and we now know where Ms. McGrath is going - to Deloitte to "help" with their federal practice. The Deloitte press release says that an astonishing 1400 Deloitte "practitioners"are supporting the DOD in the DC area and beyond. It's a safe bet that virtually all of those people were and are working on programs Ms. McGrath promoted and defended during her five years as the Deputy Chief Management Officer at DOD. Deloitte has rewarded her well.

Sat, Nov 9, 2013

Wouldn't that be nice? Two former DCMO executives land senior jobs with defense contractors after working for the agency that got them their multi-million-dollar contract! Perhaps the DOD IG will find that interesting too.

Thu, Nov 7, 2013 ERP watcher United States

How could the Defense Agency Initiative possibly be in trouble? CACI Inc. was awarded a contract for $41 million in February 2012 to serve as the lead developer on the DAI effort, and miracle worker David Wennergren, formerly Assistant DCMO under Ms. McGrath, retired from that job last August and joined CACI as a Vice President. Surely he will be able to turn the DAI effort around! Oh, wait. Ms. McGrath's office awarded the DAI contract, so Mr. Wennergren has probably had to recuse himself from the DAI work. It will be interesting to see where Ms. McGrath goes next. Perhaps she'll land a Vice Presidency at Oracle, the company providing the software for the DAI effort.

Thu, Nov 7, 2013

Hopefully the DoD will do away with this wasteful office called DCMO. It hasn't accomplished anything but pouring millions of dollars down a spiralling drain. As for Ms McGrath's experience with financial management systems integration, she is leaving the failed Defense Agency Initiative as a mess for someone else to clean up. There is also the issue of money that disappears into Defense Finance and Accounting Service without a trace. Good job, Defense leaders! Make sure Beth gets a high level political award for her service!

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