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Mark Easton

Defense Systems Management College, Defense Acquisition University

Resourcing and Financial Management

Professor of Financial Management DSMC

Mr. Mark Easton is currently serving in a part-time capacity as a Professor of Financial Management within the Defense Systems Management College of the Defense Acquisition University at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia.

Prior to this, he served as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer (DCFO), in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) from May 2009 until his retirement from Federal service in December 2020. In that capacity, he was the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)/ Chief Financial Officer, as well as to Defense senior leaders, on all issues involving the amended Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 and related financial management reforms. His portfolio also included responsibility for the Department Manager’s Internal Control Program and annual financial audit support and remediation. Following extensive audit readiness efforts, DOD executed its’ first comprehensive Financial audit in fiscal year 2018.

Prior to becoming the DCFO, Mr. Easton was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy and Director for Financial Operations. In this position, he was responsible for Department of the Navy financial improvement initiatives that involved systems and processes employed by 9,000 Navy-Marine Corps financial managers. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in January 2003, initially serving as Director, Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) Cleveland, and the Senior Navy Client Executive for DFAS.

Mr. Easton retired from the Navy at the rank of captain in September 2002, following a 29-year career in the Navy Supply Corps, serving in assignments both afloat and ashore, as a logistician and financial manager. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Miami University (Ohio) and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan. He is the recipient of various personal awards, including the Presidential Rank Award (Distinguished and Meritorious), the DOD Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service, the Defense Superior Service Medal, and the 2019 Scantlebury Award for Distinguished Leadership in Financial management Improvement.