‘Hero’ of federal management, DATA Act implementation leaving Treasury

The Treasury Department executive who forged the path for tracking more than $3 trillion in federal spending is starting down a new road in the private sector.

Christina Ho, deputy assistant secretary for Treasury’s Office of Accounting Policy and Financial Transparency, is stepping down from her government role. Her last day is Friday.

“I am grateful for the many opportunities to drive lasting changes to make our government better in the past eight years, especially the opportunity to lead the implementation of the DATA Act,” Ho said in an email to Federal News Radio. “It is the most important thing I have ever done in my 24-year career. It was rewarding to see our great vision become a reality, to deliver on the great promise of a major government reform, and to lead a team of talented professionals dedicated to solving problems and achieving results every day. I will miss them tremendously.”

Amy Edwards, senior adviser for financial transparency, is filling Ho’s role until a permanent replacement is named.

Ho spent her 8 years in public service with the Treasury Department. She represented Treasury on the Federal Standards Advisory Board (FASAB), and worked in the department’s Bureau of Fiscal Service. She was also a senior manager at Deloitte & Touche, LLP.

Her office, according to a short biography, is responsible “for leading the development, implementation, and enforcement of accounting policies governing federal financial activities and promoting innovation in federal financial management.”

This innovative financial management includes the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act. The DATA Act was signed into law three years ago, and since that time, Ho and her team at Treasury ,and the Office of Management and Budget have worked to help agencies standardize their spending information.

David Mader, former OMB controller and now chief strategy officer for Deloitte’s civilian sector, told Federal…

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