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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Administration's financial management chief to retire

Office of Management and Budget Controller Linda Combs has announced that she will retire next month, after a career in federal government going back to the Reagan administration.

Combs is planning to leave Aug. 10. Her announcement comes a month after her husband, David, said he would leave his position as chief information officer of the Agriculture Department to return to North Carolina.

An OMB spokeswoman said Danny Werfel, the deputy controller, will take over as acting controller until a permanent replacement is named.

As controller, Combs helped establish governmentwide principles for fiscal accountability.

Combs worked to get agencies to shed unneeded real estate, helping to complete the first governmentwide inventory of excess federal property in recent years. She also oversaw the financial management portion of President Bush's agenda for making government more effective and was involved in efforts to consolidate its financial systems.

-Daniel Pulliam, GovExec.com

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