Ms. Conley joined the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2006 as the
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance and Deputy Chief Financial Officer. She is
responsible for leading the Department’s annual financial statement preparation and
audit process; implementing a more rigorous internal control program under OMB’s
revised Circular A-123; overseeing the Department’s financial management systems
portfolio, reducing improper payments in some of the Federal Government’s largest
programs, and instilling program integrity throughout every HHS program.
From 2003 to 2006, Sheila served as the U.S. Department of State’s Managing
Director for Financial Policy, Reporting and Analysis. From 1992 to 2003, Sheila
held various positions of increasing responsibility at the Office of Management and
Budget (OMB) ranging from financial analyst to OMB’s Acting Controller. She was
primarily charged with overseeing the implementation of the Chief Financial Officers
Act of 1990, which requires financial statement audits of large Federal agencies and
the Federal Government as a whole. She was also responsible for overseeing the
Federal government’s efforts to streamline and simplify grants policy and
Before joining OMB, Sheila was a senior manager with KPMG. During her ten years
with KPMG, she provided audit and financial management consulting services to
clients in a wide range of industries including the Federal sector.
In 2009, Sheila received the Association of Government Accountants’ Elmer Staats
Award, which recognizes a federal professional who exemplifies excellence in
government, outstanding leadership, high ethical standards and innovative
Ms. Conley is the 2010 recipient of the Donald L. Scantlebury Memorial Award,
which annually commemorates a dynamic leader whose ideas and actions have
significantly advanced financial management in the public sector. This award is the
highest honor bestowed by the Joint Financial Management Improvement Program
(JFMIP) Principals, representing GAO, OMB, Treasury, and OPM.
She is a certified public accountant in the District of Columbia and a Certified
Government Financial Manager. She is a member of the Greater Washington Society
of Certified Public Accountants, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants,
and AGA. Sheila obtained a bachelor’s of business administration degree (summa
cum laude) in 1981 from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. She is
married and has three energetic sons.