Mr. Thomas C. Steffens, member of the Senior Executive Service, most recently served as the Director of Accountability and Audit Readiness, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Financial Management and Comptroller.
Prior to that, Mr. Steffens was Director of Policy, Integration and Controls for the Accountability and Audit Readiness Directorate.
Mr. Steffens served over 27 years as an officer in the United States Army Finance Corps. He was a Distinguished Military Graduate of Saint Peter's College in Jersey City, New Jersey, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. He has also earned an MBA from Syracuse University and a Master’s Degree in National Security Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. Throughout his Military career, he provided Financial Management support to virtually every level of the Army and Department of Defense.
Mr. Steffens recently served as Assistant Professor of Economics at the Eisenhower School of National Security and Resource Strategy, National Defense University. Prior to that he served as Executive Officer to the ASA(FM&C) where he devoted attention to a number of senior leader Army initiatives to include developing a cost culture for the leadership as well as supporting the efforts to develop auditable financial statements. In another recent tour at the Pentagon, he also served as Chief of Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution (PPBE) Integration, where he linked the Financial Community’s efforts with that of the requirements and program sponsors to ultimately build and defend the annual President’s Budget for Department of the Army.
Mr. Steffens’ other operational assignments included Comptroller for the United States Army European Command (USEUCOM) from 2007-2009; Commander of 9th Finance Battalion at Fort Lewis, Washington, and Balad, Iraq, 2003-2006; Chief of the Financial Management Branch, Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2001-2003; and various other command and staff positions. Mr. Steffens has been a Certified Defense Financial Manager since 2002.