Mr. Mark Easton assumed his current position as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer (DCFO), in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) in May 2009. Mr. Easton is the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer (CFO), as well as to Defense senior leaders on all issues involving the amended CFO Act of 1990 and related financial management reforms. He is responsible for creating a financial framework inclusive of policy, systems, audit, and reporting based on government accounting and auditing standards, federal regulations and laws, and best business practices. To do this, he ensures DoD complies with legislative and executive financial management mandates leading to the effective, efficient, and legal use of DoD resources. His portfolio includes leading the Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness campaign, a Defense enterprise-wide effort to achieve auditability of DoD’s full set of financial statements by Fiscal Year 2017, and a distinct part of the Department’s Reform Agenda.
Prior to becoming the Department’s DCFO, Mr. Easton served five years as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy and Director for Financial Operations, within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Financial Management and Comptroller. In this position, he was responsible for Department of the Navy financial improvement initiatives that involved systems and processes employed by 9,000 Navy-Marine Corps financial managers. Earlier, he was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in January 2003, initially serving as Director, Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) Cleveland, and the Senior Navy Client Executive for DFAS.
Mr. Easton retired from the Navy at the rank of captain in September 2002, following a 29-year career in the Navy Supply Corps, serving in assignments both afloat and ashore. At sea, he served as the supply officer on the battleship USS New Jersey. Ashore, he was the Commander, DFAS Pacific, and provided support for all four military services from locations in Hawaii and Japan. Prior to this assignment he served as the executive assistant and naval aide to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Financial Management and Comptroller.
A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Mark Easton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Miami University (Ohio) and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan. He has completed the Executive Development Program at the Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Business and is a graduate of the National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He is a Certified Defense Financial Manager with Acquisition Specialty.
Mr. Easton has received various personal awards, including the Defense Superior Service Medal and two Navy Civilian Superior Service Awards. In 2014, he was honored as a recipient of the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive.