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Beth McGrath

Management Consultant

Management and Governance, Data and Information Technology

Beth is a managing director in Deloitte’s Government & Public Services (GPS) practice and leads Deloitte’s Global Defense, Security & Justice (DS&J) practice. Beth has broad, multi-disciplined, strategic, and operational management experience acquired from 25+ years successful performance in the federal government, while in positions up to the undersecretary level of the Department of Defense (DOD). She possesses exceptional interpersonal skills with specific expertise in strategic planning and performance management, investment reviews and program management, and thought leadership and transformation.

and program management, and thought leadership and transformation. Prior to joining Deloitte, Beth was confirmed by the Senate as the Deputy Chief Management Officer (DCMO) for the DOD. During her tenure, she addressed numerous management challenges, in part by instituting an investment review process for the Department’s $7 billion of “business IT” systems, authoring the DoD’s Strategic Management Plan (SMP) and overseeing needed improvements to the Department’s business architecture and security clearance processes. She also advised the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense on matters relating to management and the improvement of business operations. As DOD’s Deputy Chief Management Officer, Beth was extraordinarily effective in transforming the approach to business operations away from short-term, risk averse, status quo behaviors to a more strategic, enterprise-focused environment. She brought a dedicated focus to improving the business operations, and her business-minded approach reaped great dividends for the DOD in the areas of strategic planning, performance management, change management, process improvement, and business information technology acquisition and investment management.

Beth served as the vice chair of the Federal Suitability and Security Clearance Performance Accountability Council overseeing government-wide security clearance process reforms. She has extensive experience designing, executing, and overseeing complex interagency partnership programs involving senior White House officials and multiple heads of agencies/departments. She has developed strategies to modify national policy, streamline interagency practices, and modernize information technology (IT) capabilities in areas as diverse as suitability and security clearance processing and military and veteran’s health services/ information technology.

She also served as the deputy director for Systems Integration, Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) where she created a financial migration strategy that included a comprehensive architecture and identification of DOD-wide systems valued at more than $1 billion. Additionally, Beth held numerous business/acquisition roles within the Department of the Navy.

Beth holds a B.S. in economics from George Mason University and is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute. She is an Acquisition-certified program manager, a member of the DOD Acquisition Professional Community, and a member of the National Academy of Public Administration. Her awards include: National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation, Presidential Rank Award, and Office of the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Medal. She has received the DOD Medal for Distinguished Public Service twice. Beth has been recognized by Government Computer News with the Defense IT Executive of the Year award, and she has received multiple Federal 100 awards. She holds a top-secret clearance.