Ronald E. Walters was named the Acting Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs January 2009. In addition to this position, Mr. Walters continues to serve as the Deputy Under Secretary for Finance and Planning and Chief Financial Officer for the National Cemetery Administration (NCA), a position he was appointed to on July 10, 2006. Mr. Walters directs and provides leadership for a broad range of management activities. These activities include budget and financial operations, strategic planning, organizational performance planning and reporting, business and customer service process improvements, program evaluations and legislative/regulatory activities, and internal controls.
Mr. Walters is directly accountable for the successful implementation of key legislative mandates including the Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Act and the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) within NCA. He testifies on behalf of NCA at congressional hearings, and represents the organization in briefings with Members of Congress and their staff, veterans service organizations, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), advisory committees and other interested groups.
Mr. Walters began his professional career with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in 1985 as a budget analyst in the Controller’s office. He held various management positions in that organization. In October 2003, he accepted a position as the Associate CFO for Budget and Planning at the Office of Personnel Management. He held that position until he joined NCA in 2006. He received a Presidential Rank Award (Meritorious) in 2010.
Mr. Walters received a Ph.D. in Political Science from The Johns Hopkins University in 2002 and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from George Washington University in 1986. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University in 1984. He was a Rhodes Scholar finalist in Virginia. He has taught courses in American Government at The Johns Hopkins University and Montgomery College. He is currently an instructor at the University of Maryland (Baltimore County). He enjoys playing tennis, fishing and hiking.