DoD's New Finance Chief Pledges to Improve Services
By Rudi Williams
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Mar. 11, 1998 Gary W. Amlin has moved from acting director to director of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service here. He manages worldwide DoD financial resources in excess of $1 trillion.
Army Brig. Gen. Roger W. Scearce stepped up to deputy director from director for finance, a position he held since March 1995. Before being assigned to the agency, Scearce served as commandant of the Army Finance School and chief of the Finance Corps.
Amlin, a certified public accountant and certified cost analyst, has more than 30 years of experience in government financial management and developing accounting and finance principles, standards, policy and procedures.
He served in various positions within the agency since its inception in 1991. He was deputy director for finance from 1991 to 1993 and the agency's deputy director from 1993 until becoming acting director last July. Amlin also served as deputy for financial policy and banking and deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for accounting, finance and banking. He also spent three years, 1985 to 1988, as director for accounting policy and systems director in the DoD comptroller's office.
"I am committed to providing the best possible finance and accounting support for our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and civilians at the most reasonable cost," Amlin said. "To meet our customers' expectations, I am re-engineering our business practices and plan on using new technologies at every opportunity."
As director, Amlin oversees the day-to-day accounting and finance activities of the Defense Department at five major centers and 19 operating locations. The agency's 22,000 civilian employees and 2,000 military personnel each month disburse $22 billion and process about 9 million payments to DoD personnel and 2 million commercial invoices. The Defense Finance and Accounting Service handles accounts for DoD's worldwide operations and multidisciplined appropriations, which amount to more than $1 trillion.