Budget Secretary Masch Names New Deputy Secretary for Financial Administration, New Chief Accounting Officer

Dec 19, 2007, 00:00 ET from Pennsylvania Office of the Budget

    HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Budget Secretary
 Michael J. Masch today announced two changes in Office of the Budget
 leadership: Sharon Minnich is being promoted to deputy secretary for
 financial administration and Anna Maria Anderson will become chief
 accounting officer. Anderson replaces Commonwealth Comptroller Harvey C.
 Eckert, who retired earlier this year. The appointments are effective Dec.
     "The commonwealth needs to take maximum advantage of the changes in
 payment-processing and revenue-receiving technology that are now under way
 in the emerging 21st-century business environment," Masch said.
     "Sharon joined the Office of the Budget earlier this year to help us
 develop a plan to improve the efficiency of financial operations in the
 commonwealth," Masch said. "She is a strong project manager and strategist,
 and she has done an outstanding job. In her new position Sharon will move
 from planning to action as the leader of the Finance Transformation
 Project, a two-year initiative beginning in early 2008 to make significant
 improvements in three key areas of commonwealth financial administration:
     -- Faster, less costly and more accurate processing of financial
     -- Better service to state agencies in the areas of financial training,
 corporate compliance and business process improvement; and
     -- Better communication with, and better service to, the many outside
 partners with whom the commonwealth does business.
     Minnich will be the primary liaison between the Office of the Budget
 and the other key state agencies involved with commonwealth financial
 transactions, such as the Department of General Services, the Office of
 Administration, the Department of Revenue and the Treasury Department, and
 she will coordinate their participation in the Finance Transformation
 Project, Masch said.
     "The commonwealth has made great strides in improving its
 administrative operations, but there is still much more that can and should
 be done," Minnich said. "As we move forward with this project, we will be
 better able to take full advantage of the efficiencies and cost savings
 that emerging technology has to offer. I am honored to have the chance to
 oversee this exciting and challenging assignment."
     As the commonwealth's chief accounting officer, Anna Maria Anderson
 will lead comptroller operations, providing accounting, auditing, payroll,
 accounts payable, accounts receivable, contract management and financial
 reporting services to commonwealth agencies. The budget office's Office of
 Comptroller Operations is responsible for providing effective financial
 support services to all agencies under the Governor's jurisdiction and
 ensuring that there is strict accountability for funds.
     Before her new appointment, Anderson served as the budget office's
 assistant director for commonwealth accounting and reporting. She is a
 certified public accountant and a certified government manager with 28
 years of experience in commonwealth accounting, auditing, budgetary and
 financial reporting.
     "Anna Maria has tremendous experience, great talent, outstanding
 leadership qualities, and a deep knowledge of the commonwealth's financial
 operations," Masch said. "With her knowledge of the comptroller's office's
 personnel, policies, practices and history, and her deft problem-solving
 skills, she will be an outstanding leader for the commonwealth's day-to-day
 financial operations.
     "The budget office is fortunate to have leaders like Sharon and Anna
 Maria," Masch said. "They have already worked together on a number of
 projects, and they will make a great team to guide the financial operations
 of the commonwealth as we face the increasing complexities and the great
 promise of a new era in government financial operations."
     Eckert, the former commonwealth comptroller, had nearly 25 years of
 service under five different governors, Masch said.
     "During his years as comptroller, Harvey applied his considerable
 skills and acumen, as well as his vast knowledge of government operations,
 to ensure that commonwealth financial operations ran smoothly," he said.
 "As commonwealth operations become more complex and technology improves to
 offer greater opportunities for cost savings and efficiency, I believe
 completion of the Financial Transformation Project allows us to continue
 the superlative record of service in this area that Harvey established."
     Minnich, of Camp Hill, has a bachelor's degree in economics and
 political science from Albright College and serves on its board of
 trustees. She has a master's degree in governmental administration from the
 University of Pennsylvania's Fels Center of Government. Before joining the
 budget office as a special advisor to Masch, Minnich ran her own consulting
 business. Her previous positions with the commonwealth include deputy
 director of the SAP support team; deputy secretary for procurement in the
 Department of General Services; and executive director in the Department of
 Community and Economic Development, where she developed and implemented
 Governor Tom Ridge's technology development agenda.
     Anderson, of Camp Hill, has a bachelor's degree in business
 administration from the Pennsylvania State University, Capitol Campus. She
 is a member of the national and Pennsylvania chapters of the Institute of
 Certified Public Accountants, as well as the Association of Governmental
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