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About the CFO

Overview

The CFO's office is led by a strong team of experienced managers who work to provide sound budget development, disciplined performance review, rigorous financial management, and responsible credit administration for the Department. The office is headed by the Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs, Sylvia I. Garcia, who serves as principal fiscal advisor to the Secretary. Below are the professional bios for the CFO and the Deputy Assistant Secretaries. To read professional bios for the other members of the office's senior management team, click here.


Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs
Sylvia I. Garcia

Photo of Sylvia GarciaSylvia I. Garcia is the Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Ms. Garcia oversees DOT’s budget of more than $70 billion and serves as the Vice Chair of the Department’s Credit Council, managing its loan portfolio of more than $16 billion. She is also a member of the Department’s senior management team advising the Secretary of Transportation on budget, policy, and management issues. Before taking on the CFO role in December 2012, Ms. Garcia was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Management and Budget. In that role, she operated as the CFO’s principle deputy and as a key liaison for the Department to Congressional Committees of jurisdiction, the Congressional Budget Office, and outside stakeholders.

Background

Prior to joining the Department in January 2011, Ms. Garcia was a professional staff member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development. One of her major projects was monitoring Recovery Act expenditures for the Chairman, in particular focusing on the $8 billion provided for the High Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail grant program and the $2.5 billion provided for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program.

Before joining the House Appropriations Committee staff, Ms. Garcia worked as a budget analyst at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Ms. Garcia began her Federal career at HUD as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF). As part of the PMF program, she spent a year working on the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.

Ms. Garcia has a master’s degree in Public Service Management from DePaul University in Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in Social Science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.


Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance and Budget
Blair Anderson


Photo of Blair AndersonBlair Anderson is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance and Budget at the U.S. Department of Transportation, serving as principal deputy to the Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Anderson assists in the development and execution of DOT’s budget of more than $70 billion and is a key liaison for the Department to Congressional Committees of jurisdiction, the Congressional Budget Office, and outside stakeholders.  In addition, he plays a key role in the execution and oversight of the Department’s loan portfolio of more than $16 billion.  In this role, Mr. Anderson manages the Secretary’s credit oversight team and the operations of the Credit Council, along with ensuring a consistent departmental credit policy across the modal innovative finance programs.  He is also a member of the Department’s senior management team advising the Secretary of Transportation on budget, policy, and management issues.

Background

Prior to joining the Department in April 2013, Mr. Anderson spent eight years as an advisor for Congressman John W. Olver, most recently staffing the Congressman in his positions as Chairman, then Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development. Notable achievements during this time included providing $10.5 billion for the High Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail grant program and the creation of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. Mr. Anderson also served as Congressman Olver’s Legislative Director from 2007-2009.

Mr. Anderson has a bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University.


Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs
Lana T. Hurdle

Photo of Lana HurdleLana Hurdle is Deputy Assistant Secretary. As a senior member of the CFO's team, Ms. Hurdle manages the Federal performance and budget processes for eleven separate Operating Administrations as well as for the Office of the Secretary. During her service, the Department has been ranked by the Mercatus Institute among the top two Federal agencies for its annual Performance and Accountability Report. In 2006, she received the prestigious Senior Executive Service Presidential Rank Award for her contributions in financial management throughout her Federal service.

Background

Prior to her current assignment, Ms. Hurdle served as the Chief Financial Officer for the United States Peace Corps for three separate Peace Corps Directors. She was the senior financial management official overseeing all financial management services spanning 77 countries world-wide. As the Peace Corps CFO, she received the Joint Financial Management Improvement Program Donald L. Scantlebury Award for exceptional and sustained leadership in improving financial management and internal controls at the Peace Corps following a successful major reorganization of Peace Corps’ financial operations. This was one of three awards given among all Federal and State government agencies annually. She also received the Inspector General’s Award for promoting economy, effectiveness, and efficiency at the Peace Corps.

Ms. Hurdle began her Federal government career at the Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President, where she served most recently as Budget Examiner for the United States Coast Guard, the Federal Trade Commission, and the National Transportation Safety Board programs.

Ms. Hurdle received her bachelor’s degree in Government and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in 1977. She lives in Arlington, Virginia where she received the Arlington County Honored Citizen Award in May 1999 for her work with the Arlington County Public Schools. Ms. Hurdle and her husband Robert are the parents of two daughters, Kelley and Whitney, and two sons, Max and Cashew.


Deputy Chief Financial Officer
David J. Rivait

Photo of David J. RivaitSince July 2010, David Rivait has served as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Department. As Deputy CFO, he is responsible for DOT’s financial systems, financial management activities, and internal controls. Prior to this assignment, he was the Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) Associate Administrator for Budget and Programs, and CFO. While at MARAD, he was also Chairman of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy’s Fiscal Oversight Board, established to help reform the school’s financial operations and budget.

Background

Before his tenure at DOT, Mr. Rivait served for 16 years in various budget positions in the Executive Office of the President. This included assignments at the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of National Drug Control Policy, where he was Associate Director. His federal career also included duties at the Treasury Department as Assistant Director and CFO of the Executive Office for Asset Forfeiture, one of Treasury’s law enforcement organizations.

Mr. Rivait graduated in 1982 from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois with a degree in Economics. In 1984, he earned a master's degree in Public Policy from what is now the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. He began his career in 1984 as a Presidential Management Intern in the Office of the Secretary of the Treasury.

Updated: Tuesday, March 24, 2015