Ronald E. Walters was named the Acting Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs January 2009. In addition to this position, 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 July 10, 2006.
Mr. Walters directs and provides leadership for a broad range of management activities including 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 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 (VSOs), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and advisory committees and other interested groups.
He began his career with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in 1985 as a budget analyst in the Controller’s office and held various other management positions during his tenure there. In October 2003, he accepted a position as the Associate Chief Financial Officer for Budget and Planning in the Office of Personnel Management. He held that position until joining NCA in 2006.
Mr. Walters received a Ph.D. in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in 2002 and a Masters in Public Administration from George Washington University in 1986. He graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University in 1984. He was a Rhodes Scholar finalist in Virginia and received a Presidential Rank Award in 2010. He is a finalist for the 2014 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal in the Management Excellence category. Mr. Walters has taught courses in American Government JHU and Montgomery college. He is currently an instructor at the University of Maryland (Baltimore County) and enjoys tennis, fishing and hiking.