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James L. Millette


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Comptroller of the Department, Bureau of the Comptroller and Global Financial Services
Term of Appointment: 06/29/2012 to present
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James Millette heads the Bureau of the Comptroller and Global Financial Services (CGFS) and is designated the State Department’s Comptroller. The Office of the Comptroller performs all corporate financial management services, programs, and systems activities, including delegated financial management authorities from the Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Act of 1990.

Prior to serving in his current position, Jim served as the Department’s CFO from 2009 through 2012. Jim has held the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary for State Programs, Operations, and Budget as well as Senior Policy Advisor to the Chief Financial Officer, where he was primarily responsible for representing State Department interests with congressional appropriations and authorizing committees. Jim also served the Department as Director of Resources for the Foreign Buildings Program in the Bureau of Administration, now the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO).

Jim began his career in 1980 with the Bureau of Labor Statistics as an economist. He joined the Department of State in 1986 as economist to the Comptroller. After spending five years in this capacity, Jim left the government and spent three years as a consultant before returning to the State Department.

Jim received a master's degree from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst in 1980 and a bachelor's degree in economics from Providence College in 1978.

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