A provision in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021 (S. 4049) would eliminate the position of Chief Management Officer (CMO) at the Department of Defense. Senator Young has introduced an amendment to the NDAA to remove that language and preserve the CMO role.
The job is currently held by Lisa Hershman, a Hoosier and the highest-ranking woman in the Department of Defense. Hershman was appointed to the position and confirmed by the Senate in December of 2019 and has already found enormous efficiencies.
The Washington Post reported that Hershman saved $6.5 billion in FY 2019 in part by selling obsolete weaponry and reforming information technology processes. An additional $7.7 billion is targeted for FY 2020.
“Now more than ever, federal agencies should be looking for ways to be more efficient with taxpayer money,” Senator Young said. “This position is under attack because Lisa is challenging the status quo. Only in the Washington swamp can saving billions of dollars earn you a pink slip.”