Christopher H. Flaggs

Comptroller of the Department, Bureau of the Comptroller and Global Financial Services
Term of Appointment: 11/25/2014 to present

Christopher H. Flaggs became Comptroller on November 25, 2014.

As Comptroller, Mr. Flaggs is responsible for carrying out the delegated authorities and responsibilities of the Department's CFO. He directs and manages the Department's corporate financial management platform in support of foreign policy objectives, oversees all financial management activities relating to the programs and operations of the Department, develops and maintains agency financial and compensation management systems, and directs and manages the Department's financial management personnel, activities and operations. Mr. Flaggs serves as the primary advisor to the Under Secretary for Management and other Department executives as well as the Department's external liaison on all matters relating to the Department's worldwide financial management operations and activities. Mr. Flaggs serves as the Department’s representative to the Chief Financial Officer’s Council.

From May 2003 until his appointment as Comptroller, Mr. Flaggs held the position of Deputy Chief Financial Officer (DCFO). As DCFO, he managed the directorates that administer Department-wide financial reporting, financial policy, financial systems, and the Department’s Management Controls Program, and provided technical and policy advice on all issues related to the CFO’s Act and other key financial management legislation. Mr. Flaggs served as the Department’s representative to the Chief Financial Officer’s Council.

From May 2000 to April 2003, Mr. Flaggs served as Managing Director for Financial Policy, Reporting, and Analysis. As head of this newly established organization, Mr. Flaggs developed and issued Department of State financial policy, the Department’s 5-Year Financial Management Plan, established Department-wide financial management data and reporting requirements, and produced the Department’s Annual Financial Statements.

From August 1992 to May 2000, Mr. Flaggs served as Managing Director for Domestic Financial Services. As Managing Director, he directed the wide range of fiscal services provided by domestic financial operations including travel and transportation payments, vendor payments, accounts receivable, cashier services, American payroll services, Foreign Service Retirement annuity payments, Department-wide financial reporting (including annual Department-wide audited financial statements), implementation of accounting standards and procedures, and day-to-day operations for the Department’s primary accounting system (CFMS) and American payroll system (CAPPS).

Mr. Flaggs served as Assistant Director for Financial Management at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) from 1988 to 1992. As Assistant Director, he was responsible for financial policy, financial systems and financial operations, and served as OPM’s representative to the Chief Financial Officer’s Council. Prior to this, Mr. Flaggs served in various capacities as an accountant with the General Services Administration, the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Energy, and OPM.

Mr. Flaggs received a B.S. Degree from the University of Maryland where he majored in Accounting. He holds a CPA certificate in Maryland. Mr. Flaggs has received various awards from the agencies he has served in, and is the recipient of the OPM Director's Awards for the Meritorious and Distinguished Service, the Department of State's Equal Employment Opportunity Award, and Presidential Rank Awards for Meritorious Executives.