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
"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
"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
SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Budget