Department of Commerce
Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Director for Financial Management


Stephen Kunze

Stephen Kunze serves as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Director for Financial Management within the Office of the Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary for Administration (OCFO/ASA). In this role, he is responsible for financial management and accounting throughout the Department, for preparation of the Department’s annual consolidated financial statements, and for development and implementation of a Department-wide integrated financial system.  His responsibilities include promulgating financial management policy throughout the Department and for ensuring the Department’s compliance with financial management laws and regulations, including the Chief Financial Officers’ Act, the Government Management Reform Act, the Government Performance and Results Act and the Federal Financial Management Improvement Act.  Mr. Kunze is also responsible for the Office of Secretary budget operations.

Mr. Kunze came to the Department of Commerce from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration where he served as the Chief Financial Officer. From 2011 through 2015, Mr. Kunze served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in the Department of Agriculture. Prior to that, Mr. Kunze was the Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Stephen joined the federal government with IRS in 1987 as a Presidential Management Intern in the Chief Financial Officer’s organization. Stephen was later nominated to the Excellence in Government Fellows program, an intensive results-oriented leadership program, in 1996 and is an active member of their Senior Fellows program.

Stephen received a B.A. in Political Science from Providence College and his Masters in Public Affairs from Indiana University in Bloomington Indiana.