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Acting DoD Comptroller Elaine McCusker to Step Down; Mark Esper Quoted

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Elaine McCusker
Elaine McCusker

Elaine McCusker, acting comptroller at the Department of Defense (DoD), will step down from her post on June 26, Defense News reported Tuesday. Mark Esper, DoD Secretary and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, announced McCusker’s resignation Tuesday.

“Since joining the Department of Defense, Elaine has worked tirelessly to ensure that our budgeting and audit processes give full value to the taxpayer while meeting the enormous security needs of our nation as well as the men and women who serve it,” Esper said in a statement. “I am grateful for her dedication to public service and the contributions that she has made to the department and wish her the very best in her future endeavors.”

McCusker was nominated for the comptroller post at the Pentagon in November. She was sworn in August 2017 as deputy undersecretary of defense (comptroller). She previously served as director of resources and analysis at U.S. Central Command and as a staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee.