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During this holiday season, we reflect on the great work of government employees and their industry partners and the difference they make for our wonderful Country. 




We send our best holiday wishes and a very Happy New Year to all!



Mike Wetklow

Deputy CFO

Division Director for Financial Management

National Science Foundation

Mike Wetklow is the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Division Director for Financial Management.  At NSF Mike is responsible for supporting the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in executing responsibilities of the CFO Act.  He is the NSF’s principal advisor and senior accountant for NSF’s financial management functions and is accountable for accounting, financial system operations and maintaining the control and disbursement of over $7 billion. 


During his first two years at NSF, Mike maintained NSF’s clean opinion and staff morale despite a four month audit delay; eliminated all significant deficiencies; achieved compliance with the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act;  and served as the Senior Official supporting the NSF CFO, Director and Chief Operating Officer in implementing Enterprise Risk Management (ERM).  Mike also represents NSF on a variety of ERM projects including the CFO/PIO Council ERM Playbook; the AGA’s ERM HUB; George Mason University’s Chief Risk Officer Advisory Council; and AFERM’s 2018 ERM Summit Planning Committee.


Before NSF, for four years, Mike was a Branch Chief in the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Office of Federal Financial Management (OFFM) responsible for leadership, policy, and implementation of OMB efforts to initiate government-wide financial management improvements.  Most significantly, while at OMB he led efforts to develop the Federal Government’s first ever guidance on Enterprise Risk Management in OMB Circular No. A-11 and A-123, Management’s Responsibility for Enterprise Risk Management and Internal Control. 


Prior to OMB, Mike spent eight years at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) where he had been the Department’s first Director of the Internal Control Program Management Office, leading efforts to eliminate pervasive material weaknesses and obtained the Department’s first Balance Sheet opinion in FY 2011.  Prior to DHS, he held several accounting and auditing positions at KPMG, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and the Maryland Legislative Auditors Office.


Mike has received top honors throughout his career, including the AGA’s 2016 National President’s Award; AGA’s National 2015 Achievement of the Year Award; AGA’s DC Chapter 2015 Achievement of the Year Award; DHS CFO’s 2011 Partnership Award for Extraordinary Mission Contribution; DHS Secretary’s 2008 Individual Award for Excellence; DHS Secretary’s 2008 Award for Team Excellence; DHS CFO’s 2008 Individual Award for Exceptional Service; and Customs Border Patrol (CBP) Commissioner’s 2005 citation for DHS/CBP Financial Management Partnership 2005. 


Mike received his undergraduate degree in accounting and his graduate degree in public administration both from the University of Maryland at College Park.  Mike is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Government Financial Manager.  With his wife Mai, Mike is the proud father of three sons

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