The ASMC National President’s Award is presented to an individual within the defense financial management community who has demonstrated excellence in leadership and in contributions in defense financial management. This year’s ASMC President’s Award is presented to Ms. Marilyn M. Thomas, who currently serves as the Deputy Under Secretary (Management) and Deputy Chief Management Officer of the United States Air Force.

As DoD continues to adjust to new fiscal challenges, Ms. Thomas steered the financial management headquarters review, facilitating the Air Force’s plan to identify a 20% reduction in headquarters positions and funding through streamlining of operations and process improvement. The management headquarters improvement enabled the Air Force to apply savings to protect the Air Force’s top acquisition priorities. Additionally, Ms. Thomas facilitated a more adaptive, agile programming and budgeting process that closed the seams between resource programming and current year execution.

Formerly serving as the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Financial Management and Comptroller), she oversaw $110 billion in resources and provided oversight of budgeting, cost estimation, and financial operations in support of Air Force priorities. She served as President of ASMC for two years from July 2012 through June 2014. Ms. Thomas was recently selected as a 2015 Presidential Rank Award recipient.