Office of the Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs, and Chief Financial Officer
The Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs establishes systems and provides guidance to ensure the effective preparation and presentation of sound budget estimates and financial management information for the Department; reviews policy, program, and legislative proposals to evaluate their impact on departmental budget resource and financial management requirements and plans; and provides policy guidance and oversight of departmental financial management personnel, programs, activities, and operations.
The Office also directs and coordinates all budget development and execution activity. Further, the Office is responsible for designing and implementing the financial systems required for accurate and timely financial reporting, and for establishing financial and accounting policy and programs for the Department.
- Sylvia I. Garcia, Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary for Budget and Program Performance
- Lana T. Hurdle, Deputy Assistant Secretary
- David J. Rivait, Deputy Chief Financial Officer
- Laura M. Ziff, Director, Office of Budget and Program Performance
Gregory A. Brown, Deputy Director for Budget and Program Performance
- Janet R. Forsgren, Chief Financial Officer
Sylvia 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 $10 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 a key liaison for the Department to Congressional Committees of jurisdiction, the Congressional Budget Office, and outside stakeholders.
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
Lana T. Hurdle
Lana Hurdle is Deputy Assistant Secretary. As a senior member of the Assistant Secretary's team, Lana manages the Federal performance and budget processes for twelve 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, Lana received the prestigious Senior Executive Service Presidential Rank Award for her contributions in financial management throughout her Federal service.
Prior to her current assignment, Lana 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.
Lana 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.
Lana 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. Lana 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
Since July 2010, David Rivait has served as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the United States Department of Transportation. As Deputy CFO, he is responsible for DOT’s financial management activities, internal controls, and the Department’s financial systems. 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.
Before his tenure at DOT, Dave 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.
Dave graduated in 1982 from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois with a degree in Economics. In 1984, he earned a Masters 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.
Director, Office of Budget and Program Performance
Laura M. Ziff
Laura Ziff serves as the Director of the Office of Budget and Program Performance. In this role, she oversees the development, implementation, and administration of the Department’s budget for 12 modal agencies and the Office of the Secretary. Ms. Ziff joined the Office of Budget and Program Performance in 2002 as a budget analyst covering multiple modal agencies and the Highway Trust fund. She has also served as the office’s Deputy Director (2008-2009).
Ms. Ziff began her Federal career at the US Coast Guard, where she worked on performance management issues. Prior to joining the Federal government, Ms. Ziff worked for the Council for Excellence in Government and the National Cooperative Business Association. Ms. Ziff earned a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University.
Gregory Brown is currently the Deputy Director for Budget and Program Performance, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation. Since 2010, Mr. Brown has functioned in a senior level role that provides leadership, advice and guidance to the Office of the Secretary in the development, implementation, and administration of Department’s budget, financial management and performance management.
Mr. Brown is the former Chief Administrative Officer for the Maryland Transportation Authority. In this capacity, Mr. Brown directed all agency administrative functions including information technology, procurement, human resources, and inventory control. Mr. Brown joined the Maryland Transportation Authority in September 2000 as the Director of Intergovernmental Projects and has also served as the Assistant Executive Secretary.
Prior to joining the Authority, he served as Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the District of Columbia’s Department of Corrections. Previously, he was Branch Chief for Public Education and Community Services with the District’s Office of Budget and Planning and also held fiscal oversight positions with Baltimore City Community College, the National Association of State Budget Officers, and the Maryland General Assembly.
Greg holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics from Morgan State University.
Janet R. Forsgren currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer for the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation. Ms. Forsgren provides leadership, advice, and guidance to the Secretarial Offices in the areas for budget formulation and execution and financial management. Prior to assuming this position, Ms. Forsgren served as a senior program analyst overseeing the Department’s credit assistance programs and as the Deputy Director for the Office of Budget and Program Performance.
Prior to her work at the Department of Transportation, Ms. Forsgren held various positions at the Office of Management and Budget. Ms. Forsgren earned a Bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.