As you may have heard, I will soon be retiring after more than 31 years with VA. While I am excited about the opportunities the future may present for me, I will miss my VA home and family. I am very proud to be associated with this great Department and honored to have served with each of you who do so much every day to help the success of VA’s mission. I am especially pleased to know that I will be succeeded by someone who knows and cares about VA, its business and Mission, and brings a wealth of talent and experience. He and the VA Leadership asked me to stay for a while to assist in this transition and so I am pleased to have the opportunity to continue in OM through the end of February 2010 as an advisor and assistant.
Please help me welcome W. Todd Grams to OM’s Senior Executive team starting Monday, November 9, 2009. Mr. Grams will be filling a SES position as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Management. Mr. Grams will be responsible for overseeing Departmental resource requirements, development and implementing of agency performance measures and financial management activities relating to VA programs and operations. This includes managing a Departmental accounting and financial management system that provides for management cost, budgeting and accounting information. In addition his office will oversee the capital asset management activities that include important new energy initiatives across VA.
Prior to this appointment, Mr. Grams served as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology. From 2003 through 2006 he served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) where he was responsible for all IRS IT functions nationwide.0 From 2001 to 2003 he was the CFO of the IRS where he was responsible for the accounting of $2 trillion in tax receipts and the oversight of the IRS’ $10 billion operating budget. Under Grams’ leadership the IRS’ achieved its first-ever consecutive years of clean audit opinions while improving the quality and timeliness of financial data.
Prior to joining the IRS, Mr. Grams served at VA from 1994 to 2001, initially as the first CFO of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and then as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Management of the VA. He served in a variety of positions at the Office of Management and Budget from 1983 to 1994, including appropriations bill tracker, budget examiner, and Chief of the Veterans Affairs Branch. He began his career at the Bureau of the Census in 1980 as a budget analyst.
In 2006, he received the Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Service at the IRS. In 2000, he received the Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Service at the VA. In 1997, he received the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service at the VA.
He graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1980.
Mr. Grams brings to the Office of Management’s executive team leadership and financial experience that will be invaluable as VA implements Transformation 21 and works with you to improve our day-to-day operations. We are fortunate to have an individual with his talents in this position.