Ted Kaufman - United States Senator for Delaware

Great Federal Employees Initiative

Honoree for Week of July 26, 2010

Alison McNally

Smithsonian’s Undersecretary for Finance and Administration

As the Smithsonian’s Undersecretary for Finance and Administration, Alison McNally supervises a number of departments, including:  the Office of Facilities Engineering and Operations, the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, the Smithsonian Archives, the Office of Human Resources, and the Office of the Chief Information Officer.   In this capacity, she plays an important role in the day-to-day operations of the Smithsonian, helping to ensure that it continues to provide the services Americans and foreign visitors have long enjoyed.  Earlier, Alison served as the Smithsonian’s senior executive officer in the office of the Undersecretary for Science.  In that position, she directly oversaw a number of scientific research support programs.  Alison has been with the Smithsonian Institution since 2005 and previously spent twenty-four years working at NASA.  There, she served as Deputy Associate Administrator for the Management of the Science Mission Directorate.  From 2002-2004, Alison was the Associate Director of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.  Throughout her career in public service, Alison has consistently demonstrated a keenness for public administration and successful management.  She holds an undergraduate degree in Human Development from the University of Connecticut and a master’s of social work from Columbia University.  She has pursued additional study as well at the Simmons College Graduate School of Management and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. 

Read Senator Kaufman's full remarks on Alison McNally HERE.

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