Michael McCord, deputy comptroller at the Defense Department since 2009, has been nominated to the comptroller post by President Barack Obama and will succeed the retiring Robert Hale if confirmed by the Senate, the White House announced Thursday.
Prior to joining the Pentagon, McCord served on the Senate Armed Services Committee’s staff in two separate stints, one between 1987 and 2002 and the other from 2004 to January 2009.
He also served on the president-elect’s DoD agency review transition team in 2009.
According to Federal News Radio, Hale will stay in his current role until McCord is confirmed.
Hale told the station he leaves as the longest-serving Pentagon comptroller since the 1950s after having held the position for five years.
His government service career also includes seven years as the Air Force‘s comptroller and 12 years as head of the Congressional Budget Office‘s national security division.