White House nominates top Army career civilian official to be DOD's comptroller

Kathleen S. Miller, Adminstrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army, poses for her official portrait in the Army portrait studio at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., Oct. 22, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by William Pratt) 

The White House has nominated Kathleen Miller, the administrative assistant to the Army secretary, to be the Defense Department’s deputy undersecretary of defense (comptroller).

The career government executive currently leads 600 personnel and oversees support and infrastructure functions, such as human resources, budget, publications, and records management, across the Army and its headquarters.

The White House announced Miller’s nomination on May 28.

Miller, who has been in the Army role since 2018, served several roles in the Army, including assistant deputy chief of staff of Army operations, plans and training and the principal assistant deputy chief of staff for logistics. She was also the acting deputy chief financial officer and associate chief financial officer at the IRS.

Miller's nomination comes after a near two-year vacancy for a permanent DOD chief financial officer. During the end of his term, President Donald Trump withdrew the nomination of Elaine McCusker to be DOD’s comptroller.

Correction: This article originally misstated the title of the deputy undersecretary of defense (comptroller) position.

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Lauren C. Williams is senior editor for FCW and Defense Systems, covering defense and cybersecurity.

Prior to joining FCW, Williams was the tech reporter for ThinkProgress, where she covered everything from internet culture to national security issues. In past positions, Williams covered health care, politics and crime for various publications, including The Seattle Times.

Williams graduated with a master's in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park and a bachelor's in dietetics from the University of Delaware. She can be contacted at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter @lalaurenista.

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