Obama Nominates Top Budget Official to Oversee NASA Finances


Obama Taps White House Budget Official for Top NASA Financial Job
Space News

The White House said Sept. 16 it intends to send one of its senior budget officials to NASA to manage the U.S. space agency’s perennially troubled finances.

President Barack Obama’s nominee for the NASA chief financial officer post, Elizabeth “Beth” Robinson, is currently director for budget at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), overseeing the development, enactment and execution of the president’s annual budget request.

If the U.S. Senate approves Robinson’s nomination, she will replace Ronald Spoehel, a former vice president of investment banking at the now-defunct Lehman Brothers and NASA’s top accountant since September 2007. Robinson, like Spoehel, stands to inherit an office that last received a clean independent audit in 2002.

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