DeCA names new accounting director
FORT LEE, Va. (April 4, 2016) – Linda K. Randall has been named the Defense Commissary Agency's director of accounting effective March 20.
She fills a position last held by Cynthia Morgan from 2011 until Morgan was selected as director of budget and manpower in 2015. From that time, the resource management directorate manned the position through a series of rotational assignments.
Before coming to DeCA, Randall served as a financial systems analyst with the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army in the financial oversight directorate at the Pentagon.
"Linda's career has touched just about every facet of financial management, and we are confident her experience and expertise will serve the resource management directorate and this agency well," said Lauren "Larry" P. Bands, DeCA's chief financial executive. "She has extensive knowledge in legacy financial information systems while fully understanding the importance of enterprise resource planning, and she is an expert on guidance associated with financial management."
As chief of accounting, Randall is responsible for recording and reporting DeCA's expenses which encompass about 100 million financial transactions each year. She provides oversight for implementing and maintaining a system of internal controls, which ensure DeCA's finances are safeguarded and its financial reporting is accurate and complies with all financial policies. She leads a staff of about 120 financial personnel working compliance and reporting, accounting policy, financial systems and services, resale and non-resale accounting, quality assurance, and research.
Randall has nearly 25 years of DOD service in the financial management field including areas of systems development, business process re-engineering, policy, and accounting and audit. Previous assignments include service with the Army, Defense Accounting Service and the Department of Defense Education Activity. Her career has taken her to multiple locations to include two tours in South Korea, a tour in Europe and the Pentagon.
"My career path has helped me experience being a commissary customer as well as prepared me to support the DeCA mission," Randall said. "I'm excited to be here and be a part of delivering such an important benefit to service members and their families."
Randall has both a master's degree in business administration and an executive master's in public administration from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York; a bachelor's degree in technical management from DeVry University; and an associate's degree in applied science – accounting from State University of New York Broome Community College, Binghamton, New York.
Randall is a member of the American Society of Military Comptrollers.
About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. By shopping regularly in the commissary, patrons save thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America's military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.
Kevin L. Robinson
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