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Profile: Robert Hale, Defense Department Comptroller

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Robert Hale
Robert Hale

Robert Hale serves as comptroller at the Defense Department, where he is responsible for the Pentagon’s budget and financial policy and advises the secretary on budget and fiscal matters.

Hale, nominated to the post in January 2009, also oversees financial management systems and business modernization efforts.

He also serves as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and has previously served on the Defense Business Board.

Between 1994 and 2001, he served as the Air Force’s comptroller and assistant secretary of financial management, where he oversaw budgets of more than $70 billion annually and let efforts to streamline the branch’s financial management practices.

Prior to that position, he led the Congressional Budget Office’s national security division, where he developed analyses of defense budget issues and testified before congressional committees.

Prior to becoming Pentagon comptroller, he served as executive director of the American Society of Military Comptrollers, a professional association of defense financial managers.

He also led training programs, a professional journal and the ASMC’s annual National Professional Development Institute conference, which more than 3,500 participants attend, according to the organization.

While in the private sector, Hale led the acquisition and grants management group at federal service consulting firm LMI, where he also served as a senior fellow.

Hale has served in the U.S. Navy for three years as an active duty officer and also has served as a staff analyst and study director at the Center for Naval Analyses.

The certified defense financial manager graduated with honors from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and statistics and also holds two master’s degrees, one in operations research from Stanford and the other as an M.B.A. from George Washington University.

Mr. Hale graduated with honors from Stanford University with a B.S. in mathematics and statistics. He also holds a Master’s degree in operations research from Stanford and an MBA from the George Washington University.


Coverage of Hale on ExecutiveGov

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