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Christopher B. Burnham
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Resource Management; Chief Financial Officer
Term of Appointment: 01/25/2002 to 05/31/2005

Christopher B. Burnham, of Connecticut, was nominated by the President in October 2001, and confirmed by the United States Senate in January 2002.

Under Mr. Burnham’s leadership, the Bureau of Resource Management (RM) was created, consolidating all budgeting, accounting and disbursing, strategic planning, budget and performance integration, and global financial operations. Since 2002, RM has replaced an antiquated Wang-based accounting system with one integrated Web-based global financial reporting system. All budgeting has been linked to performance measures for all aspects of the Department, and a business planning process has been implemented for all bureaus and embassies. RM has led the effort to produce joint performance plans with The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), joint annual reports on performance and reporting with USAID, and in a series of firsts, the Department has eliminated all material weakness from its financial audit, won the most prestigious award in government accounting and reporting three years in a row (one of only three departments to do so), and fulfilled the requirements under the President’s Management Agenda to earn a "double green" in Budget and Performance Integration and Improved Financial Performance.

Before joining the Bush Administration, Mr. Burnham served as the Chief Executive Officer of a leading asset management and mutual fund company, PIMCO’s Columbus Circle Investors, and as Vice Chairman of PIMCO’s mutual fund group. Earlier, in 1994, he was elected Treasurer of Connecticut, and quickly earned national recognition for sweeping reforms to all aspects of the Connecticut Treasury, and for turning the worst performing state pension fund in the country into one of the top performing public funds nation-wide.

Previously, Mr. Burnham was an investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston and Advest Corporate Finance. He was elected to the Connecticut House of Representatives three times, and served as assistant minority leader. A 23-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps Reserve, he is a veteran of the first Gulf War, and led one of the first infantry units to reach and liberate Kuwait City in 1991.

Mr. Burnham is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and Harvard University. He has won numerous community, civic, and professional awards.


Released on June 1, 2005

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