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National Cemetery Administration


Acting Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs

Ronald E. WaltersRick Chandler was selected as the Deputy Under Secretary for Management June 11, 2018. He oversees the National Cemetery Administration's (NCA) offices that provide national-level support and guidance in the areas of Design and Construction, Contracting, Human Resources, Human Capital Development, Training, Safety, Information Technology, and Business Transformation Requirements.

Mr. Chandler is responsible for the management of all minor design and construction projects at the 155 national cemeteries across the United States.

Prior to joining NCA, Mr. Chandler worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for three years, having served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary/Chief Financial Officer for VA's Office of Information and Technology since August 2015. In this position, he was responsible for managing three teams of approximately 350 government and contract employees. These teams oversaw VA's IT budget (over $4.5 billion); financial operations; human capital management; space and facilities; and strategic planning and analysis.

Prior to joining VA, Mr. Chandler served as the Director, Policy and Planning Staff for the Office of the Chief Information Officer at the Department of Justice from 2012 to 2015. He was the Chief Information Officer in the Office of Planning, Analysis and Technology for the Executive Office for Immigration Review from 2009 to 2012.

Mr. Chandler served in the U.S. Army Reserves for eight years. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Arts from State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego.

Updated June 2018