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Profile: VA CFO Todd Grams

Todd Grams

Todd Grams serves as chief financial officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs, where he is also executive-in-charge for the VA’s office of management.

In this capacity, he oversees a $130 billion budget and is responsible for the department’s financial management, performance management, business oversight and asset enterprise management programs.

Before becoming CFO, the 20-year Senior Executive Service veteran was appointed as the VA’s principal deputy assistant secretary for management Nov. 8, 2009.

This is Gram’s second stint at the VA, having served as the first chief financial officer at the Veterans Health Administration and holding responsibility for budget, finance, CHAMPVA, Medical Care Cost Recovery, DoD-VA Sharing and acquisitions. In 2001, Mr. Grams served as the VA’s deputy CFO.

Prior to re-joining the VA, he served as CFO at the National Institute of Standards and Technology from July 2006 to November 2009 and held oversight responsibility for the agency’s administrative offices in information technology, human resources, facilities, construction, finance, acquisitions, grants, budget, safety and security.

From 2003 to 2006, he served as chief information officer at the Internal Revenue Service and served as CFO there for the two years prior. As CIO, he led the agency’s nationwide IT functions totaling $2 billion and 7,000 staff. As CFO, he was responsible for overseeing the agency’s $10 billion operating budget and the accounting of $2 billion in tax receipts.

Before initially joining the VA in 1994, he held several positions at the Office of Management and Budget for nine years including appropriations bill tracker, budget examiner and chief of the veterans affairs branch.

Grams began his federal career in 1980 as a Census Bureau budget analyst.

He is a recipient of the Partnership for Public Services’ Service to America Medal for Management Excellence in 2011 and three Presidential Rank Awards.

Grams received the Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Service in 2006 while with the IRS and in 2000 while with VA. In 1997, he received the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service at VA.

Grams graduated from the University of Maryland in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics.

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