From the executive director.
Our theme for this edition of our Armed Forces Comptroller reminds me of the dedicated effort of the defense financial management community in performing all of the competencies inherent in our profession. About eight months ago the ASMC Editorial Board decided to focus this edition on the subject of performance improvement. In his 17 February 2017 memo, subject: "Establishment of Cross-Functional Teams to Address Improved Mission Effectiveness and Efficiencies in the DoD," Secretary Mattis emphasized the need to "keep a clear sight picture on maintaining or improving overall mission performance outcomes." We derived our specific theme, "Improving Mission Performance Outcomes" from the DEPSEC's memo. One of the most gratifying aspects of my career was working as part of our financial management community in achieving the terrific mission of supporting the performance outcomes of our nation's warfighters, as they provide for the security of our nation. As I travel and speak at chapter Regional and Mini-PDIs, I'm encouraged by the continuing devotion I see as you perform your duties in fulfilling the "promise" you make every day in support of your organization's achievement of excellent mission outcomes.
As I write this, our preparation for PDI 2017 in San Diego continues. We have already exceeded 3,000 registrations for the PDI and it is shaping up to be one of our best ever. I expect to see the Senate confirmation of the Honorable David Norquist as Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller & Chief Financial Officer) before PDI and look forward to his keynote address as part of our opening general session on 31 May. He served as the first Senate confirmed CFO of the Department of Homeland Security. In addition to Mr. Michael Durant and Navy Rear Admiral (Ret) Ken Slaght (whom I mentioned in the previous edition), Mr. Thomas Murphy, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Financial Operations) will present his perspectives on financial operations focusing on auditability. During our Friday, 2 May lunch general session Mr. Jason Hewlett, a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame, will speak about "The Promise," related to your efforts, day in and day out, in supporting our warfighters and achieving your organization's mission. If you attend PDI, I strongly encourage you not to miss it. His presentation is unlike any other you will ever see!
Our work on updating the Certified Defense Financial Manager (CDFM) exam and textbook is progressing, with the exam portion of the project in the "pilot testing" phase. We plan to introduce the updated textbook to our CDFM instructors by the end of August, to provide them time to adjust their instruction regarding new and updated material, and then apply the new exams, starting with CDFM testing occurring in October. The Module 4, "Acquisition Business Management" exam and textbook updates are progressing, but are on a later schedule due to pending DoD approval and publication of an updated DoD Instruction 5000.02. At this point, I project we will be applying the new Mod 4 exam, along with the updated textbook in the January 2018 timeframe. Congratulations to the 525 defense financial managers who have earned their CDFM certification since 1 July 2016. Now that many of you have obtained your DoD FM Certification, I look forward to seeing more of you enroll in our CDFM (test-based) certification program, toward joining the approximate 13% of total defense FMers who currently possess the CDFM credential.
As always, 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 sacrificed much or all for our nation.
Al Runnels, CDFM-A