Senate confirms two military finance chiefs

Tina Westby Jonas yesterday won confirmation as the Defense Department's new comptroller, after her nomination had lagged in the Senate for four months.

President Bush nominated the Virginia resident in mid-March to replace Dov Zakheim, who resigned as comptroller in April to accept a job as vice president of Booz, Allen, Hamilton Inc. of McLean, Va. In April, Larry Lanzillotta began filling in as acting comptroller, but he left to accept a job with Northrop Grumman Corp. on July 16.

Jonas, the former chief financial officer and assistant director of the FBI's finance division, also adds the title of undersecretary of Defense for finance to her post as comptroller. She inherits the task of trying to integrate thousands of financial and business systems under the department's enormous Business Management Modernization Program.

Before working at the FBI, Jonas was deputy undersecretary of Defense for financial management. She holds a bachelor's degree from Arizona State University and a master's degree from Georgetown University.

In other Defense business, Valerie Lynn Baldwin of Kansas was confirmed yesterday as the new assistant secretary of the Army for financial management.

Baldwin graduated from Wichita State University and has a law degree from the University of Kansas and a graduate degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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