Budget Secretary Masch Names New Deputy Secretary for Financial Administration, New Chief Accounting Officer
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. 22. "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 transactions; -- 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 Accountants. CONTACT: Susan Hooper (717) 265-8067
SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Budget
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