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On behalf of all of the members of our Society, I thank Ms. Anderson for her outstanding leadership In serving as our National President since 1 July 2017. During her tenure she has been a terrific ambassador for ASMC. She led our National Executive Committee in providing strategic guidance and direction resulting In ASMC's contributions toward enhancing the effectiveness of our defense financial management profession. We wish her all the best as she completes her two-year term as President at the end of June and we also thank her for her dedicated and exceptional service to the Department of Defense and to our nation as she plans to retire this summer following 32 years of federal service, including 13 years as a member of our government's Senior Executive Service.

As she mentioned above, our theme for this edition of our Armed Forces Comptroller is "Audit: Mission Possible." With completion of the largest audit of financial statements In history by its external auditors, our Department of Defense has achieved a significant milestone toward enhancing the accuracy and reliability of financial information supporting decision-making. While clearly, it will take several more years for the Department to obtain a clean audit opinion, the work done by senior leadership and the financial management workforce In preparing for the audit and the results of the audit In identifying the material weaknesses (mostly validating, with a few exceptions those the Department had reported), laid the groundwork from which the Department is moving forward to resolve the findings and recommendations in a prioritized approach. Yes, it Is "Mission Possible" and the Department's financial management workforce is demonstrating the drive, teamwork, and innovation necessary to overcome the challenges in time and obtain a clean audit opinion on Its consolidated financial statements. I also extend special thanks to our authors for their contributions to this edition of our journal.

I'm pleased to mention that since we launched our updated Certified Defense Financial Manager (CDFM) exams, over 100 Individuals have passed the exam modules and obtained their CDFM. We continue to work toward updating the CDFM-A Acquisition Business Management exams and textbook and greatly appreciate the CDFM-As who have participated in pilot testing of the new exam forms. We expect to complete the Module 4 update and launch the new exam and textbook on or before 1 October this year.

Preparations for PDI 2019 in San Antonio, the Military City, are going well, as It is shaping up to be another extraordinary training and professional development event. In addition to Service Day training activities on Wednesday, we have approximately 120 sessions composed of workshops and Mini-courses scheduled for Thursday and Friday of PDI, wherein 200+ speakers and instructors will be sharing their expertise and perspectives on current DoD and US Coast Guard policy, operations, and challenges across financial management competency areas. We have included workshops this year focused upon increasing relevance to our early careerists and also Mini-Courses about subject areas pertinent to PDI participants from the National Guard Bureau. Many thanks to all of our PDI speakers, to Pat Reynolds our PDI Chair, and to all of our volunteers leading and serving on local committees and those preparing to serve as Assistant Instructors. I am especially looking forward to the first presentation of our Elsie Steffany Memorial Scholarship Award and having Elsie's son Mike on stage to present the award In honor of his mother's outstanding service to our defense financial management profession.

Thank you for your dedicated service to our nation and for your contributions to DoD and USCG financial management. Special thanks and blessings to the families and friends of those who have sacrificed much or all for our nation.

Al Runnels, CDFM-A
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Title Annotation:ASMC NATIONAL
Author:Runnels, Al
Publication:Armed Forces Comptroller
Date:Mar 22, 2019
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