united states coast guard

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1. The USCG Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Awards for Excellence
recognizes individuals and teams who demonstrated outstanding
performance, innovative thinking, and improved methods in
financial management.
2. I am honored to announce the 2022 Coast Guard CFO Award
    a. Enlisted Personnel E-6 and below: SK1 Steven Bishop, Sector
Field Office (SFO), Fort Macon, NC. SK1 Bishop expertly managed an
Annual budget of $23M across 28 lines of accounting throughout the
challenging migration to the Coast Guard's new Financial Systems
Modernization Solution (FSMS). Utilizing a mixture of virtual and
in-person training sessions, he planned, prepared, and deployed
180-hours of critical instruction to 15 units on new processes and
unforeseen challenges associated with the FSMS implementation. In
the absence of a Central Obligation Team, he processed obligations
valued at $1.2M for utilities, vehicles, and shipping support
services to provide a more accurate obligation reports and
increased transparency to all support units.
    b. Enlisted Personnel E-7 and above: SKC Jessie Munroe-Hebert,
Marine Safety Unit (MSU), Portland, OR. As the MSU Supply Chief,
SKC Munroe-Hebert was a key integrator enabling the implementation
of the CGD THIRTEEN Organization Modification Request (OMR) that
disestablished MSU Portland and consolidated two Sectors onto the
MSU Portland footprint. She expertly helped manage $4M in
property, supplies, services, fuel, and construction contracts.
She worked tirelessly with 45 subordinate units and all RST-13
service lines to ensure funding solutions were executed in a
timely manner reflecting the OMR changes. As the Silver Badge
Command Chief, she was a vital crew advocate during the OMR,
resulting in a smooth transition with high morale.
    c. Chief Warrant Officer: F&S2 Dustin Webb, COMDT (CG-441),
Washington, DC. As the Coast Guard lead for Military Standard
Requisitioning and Issue Procedures (MILSTRIP) policy and business
processes for the FSMS modernization, CWO Webb identified system
errors and gaps, and led the development of interim business
processes before permanent enhancements were programmed and
tested. His leadership and superior collaboration were
instrumental in executing the FY22 budget, ensuring MILSTRIP
awards for vital supplies continued to process while the financial
system was enhanced to enable automation. Additionally, he led
analysis efforts to identify over 11,000 MILSTRIPs that had not
properly migrated from the cutover system following FSMS go-live.
    d. Civilian Employee GS-8 and below: Ms. Jaye Simpson, GS-7,
USCG Finance Center, Chesapeake, VA. Ms. Simpson's outstanding
efforts contributed to reducing the overall commercial payments
invoice backlog by 95%, from over 10,000 invoices, totaling
approximately $1B to less than 500 aged greater than 30 days,
totaling approximately $23M. She spearheaded the establishment of
a sustainable process to prevent further reduce aging invoices.
She also served in a lead role researching and triaging mission-
critical invoices to be expedited for payment, resulting in
improved vendor relationships, as well as a reduction in late
e. Civilian Employee GS-9 to GS-12: Ms. Jennie Kim, GS-12, COMDT
(CG-9282), Washington, DC. Ms. Kim split her time between two
divisions providing superior support in both Internal Controls and
Web Reporting and Metrics. She created and managed 6 years of
planning and execution data for the Program Management and
Oversight Budget totaling over $90M. Ms. Kim assisted with the
Acquisition Performance Management System (APMS) transition to the
Financial Management and Procurement Data Repository (FMPDR) by
recreating legacy reports, ensuring data availability for COMDT
(CG-9) and other offices in the Coast Guard. Ms. Kim was
instrumental in creating a FMPDR training guide and conducting
one-on-one and small group tutorials for users.
    f. Civilian Employee GS-13 and above: Mr. Tyler Bowden, GS-14,
COMDT (CG-833), Washington, DC. Mr. Bowden demonstrated superior
achievement researching, building, testing, and implementing
transaction support and reporting tools to significantly reduce
service wide work hours, costly fixes, and improve financial
transaction processing, reporting, and oversight capabilities
during a period of unprecedented change in Coast Guard Financial
Management. To address issues with FSMS system reports that were
not providing accurate available balances impacting the entire FM
community's execution processes, he built a Coast Guard Spend Down
Tool which allowed Financial Managers to perform their duties
armed with accurate account balances. This tool was implemented
across the entire Coast Guard.
    g. Commissioned Officer up to O-3: LT Timothy Hulse, CGD ONE,
Boston, MA. LT Hulse's innovation, partnerships, and technical
ability were critical to service-wide efforts to stabilize and
make routine nearly 10,000 recurring transactions totaling more
than $100M in support of utility payments. As the data scientist
supporting the Centralized Obligation Group, he was critical to a
new, more sustainable path forward for recurring obligation
management. His influential participation in the DOL-sponsored
Field Investment in Responsive Shore Infrastructure Techniques
enabled a 140% increase in the funds available to support
infrastructure in CGD ONE, in direct support of Ready Workforce
2030 ideals.
    h. Commissioned Officer O-4 and above: LCDR Michael Higbie,
Base Boston, Boston, MA. LCDR Higbie's foresight and subject
matter expertise were critical to the transition to the new FSMS.
He spearheaded solutions to overcome the pervasive and enterprise
wide FSMS limitations related to the efficiency with which
miscellaneous obligations were created and monitored for the
nearly 10,000 annual recurring services across the Coast Guard. He
led a diverse team of financial managers in analyzing enterprise-
wide expenditure data from previous fiscal years, categorizing
financial transaction types, and intuiting trends to ultimately
recommend highly accurate funding amounts to cover these
    i. Team Award: Coast Guard Enterprise Budget Execution Team,
COMDT (CG-83), Washington, DC. This team overcame significant
reporting latencies, data errors, migration issues, and business
process inefficiencies while leading the simultaneous transition
to the new Common Appropriations Structure (CAS) and FSMS
implementation. Their significant advances in innovative technical
solutions, business process reengineering, and 30,000 labor hours
kept FSMS operational. Their actions ensured the oversight of $69
billion across 67 appropriations and 106 programs, which allowed
the Service to conduct 840,000 hours of operations, procure nine
classes of assets, and respond to historic contingency missions.
The team consists of:
      (1) CDR Jesse Millard COMDT (CG-833)
      (2) CDR James Pafford COMDT(CG-833)
      (3) CDR Sawyer Mann COMDT (CG-833)
      (4) LCDR Alaina Fagan COMDT (CG-833)
      (5) LCDR Stephen Fainer COMDT (CG-833)
      (6) LCDR Stefan Lewis COMDT (CG-833)
      (7) LCDR Adam Tanner COMDT (CG-833)
      (8) CDR Eric Majeska COMDT (CG-832)
      (9) Chad Mouw COMDT (CG-832)
      (10) Monty Holcombe COMDT (CG-832)
      (11) LCDR George Kolumbic COMDT (CG-832)
      (12) Felix Edozie COMDT (CG-832)
      (13) LT Gordon Holloway COMDT (CG-832)
      (14) CDR Philip Granati COMDT (CG-831)
      (15) LCDR Kevin Beaudoin COMDT (CG-831)
      (16) LCDR Madeline Buchert COMDT (CG-831)
      (17) LCDR Chris Pappe COMDT (CG-831)
      (18) Kelli Thomas COMDT (CG-831)
      (19) Tyler Bowden COMDT (CG-833)
      (20) CDR Heather Majeska COMDT (CG-834)
3. I want to express my personal thanks to Coast Guard leaders who
took the time from their already busy schedules to recognize the
excellent achievements of their personnel.
4. I most heartily congratulate all nominees and award winners on
their accomplishments. I commend the entire financial management
community for all ongoing work that is improving delivery of CFO
services across the Service and finding better ways to support
operational commanders and mission support professionals. The
innovative and dedicated financial management efforts conducted
every day throughout the Coast Guard were reflected in all the
nominations submitted. Thank you for all you do to ensure we will
be a more adaptive and connected Coast Guard that generates
sustained readiness, resilience, and capability, in new ways, to
enhance our Nation's maritime safety, security, and prosperity.
5. I also want to thank to the 2022 USCG CFO Awards Panel, who
volunteered to review, sort, and rank all the nominations that
were submitted. The panel took time away from their already busy
days to ensure all nominations and nominees received the attention
they so well earned. CAPT Scott Toves COMDT (CG-R8) served as the
panel president and was assisted by Ms. Laila Grassley, CDFM,
PAC-82, Alameda, CA; and SK1 Juan Conde, CDFM, Base Los Angeles/
Long Beach, San Pedro, CA both who served as panel members.
6. The USCG CFO Award Winners will be contacted individually
regarding award presentation.
7. POC: Dr. Dianne Trawick, COMDT (CG-81) who can be reached at or (202) 372-3722/cell (203) 313-4929.
8. RDML Matthew W. Lake, Assistant Commandant for Resources and
Chief Financial Officer (CG-8), sends.
9. Internet release is authorized.