Bush nominates Jonas for Defense comptroller

President Bush yesterday nominated Tina Westby Jonas, chief financial officer and assistant director of the FBI finance division, to take over as undersecretary of Defense for finance.

If confirmed by the Senate, Jonas would replace Dov Zakheim as comptroller. Zakheim announced he would leave his position in April.

Prior to her work with the FBI, Jonas, of Virginia, worked as the deputy undersecretary of Defense for financial management. She has a bachelor's degree from Arizona State University and a master's degree from Georgetown University.

Zakheim also recently served as corporate vice president of System Planning Corp., a technology, research and analysis firm based in Arlington, Va.

In other Defense business, James Roche, secretary of the Air Force, has requested that his nomination for Army secretary be withdrawn from Senate consideration.

Bush nominated Roche to the Army post last July. The Senate Armed Services Committee has not referred the nomination for a full Senate vote.

'Given the range of issues before the Senate in a busy legislative year, I accept that my nomination is unlikely to be considered this year,' said Roche. 'In the interest of the Department of Defense, I decided it was best that I
withdraw from further consideration.'

Roche said he would continue to 'apply myself to the full range of important matters facing the Air Force.'

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