Obama Taps White House Budget Official for Top NASA Financial Job
The White House said Sept. 16 it intends to send one of its senior budget officials to NASA to manage the U.S. space agencyâ€™s perennially troubled finances.
President Barack Obamaâ€™s nominee for the NASA chief financial officer post, Elizabeth â€œBethâ€ Robinson, is currently director for budget at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), overseeing the development, enactment and execution of the presidentâ€™s annual budget request.
If the U.S. Senate approves Robinsonâ€™s nomination, she will replace Ronald Spoehel, a former vice president of investment banking at the now-defunct Lehman Brothers and NASAâ€™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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