Glynco, GA - The Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) is pleased to announce the selection of Kathleen Olsen as FLETC’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
In this role, Ms. Olsen will provide strategic direction and executive oversight of FLETC’s business activities and will be responsible for formulation, execution, and oversight of an annual budget of over $600 million in direct and reimbursable funding as well as financial management services.
Prior to joining FLETC, Ms. Olsen served as the CFO of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office (CWMD). She provided fiscal oversight and leadership of $550 million in annual and multi-year funding to support efforts to safeguard the United States against weapons of mass destruction and other chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats. Before becoming the CFO, Ms. Olsen served as the CWMD Budget Director, where she led the Component’s effort to strengthen Planning, Programming, Budget, and Execution through collaborative, data driven processes, resulting in increased funding for the mission and alignment of activities with strategic objectives. Ms. Olsen has served in budgetary positions across the DHS Headquarters including CWMD’s legacy organization, the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office.
Upon her selection, CFO Olsen stated, “I am honored to be selected as FLETC’s Chief Financial Officer. I look forward to leading the exceptional professionals in the Chief Financial Officer Directorate and stewarding the resources to enable FLETC to continue to prepare the law enforcement community to safeguard America.”
“CFO Olsen is a highly respected leader with valuable DHS Component and Headquarters experience,” said FLETC Director Benjamine C. Huffman. “Managing a direct and reimbursable budget of more than $600 million in support of vital law enforcement training for 127 federal partner organizations takes tremendous skill and superb leadership. FLETC is fortunate to have Kate on our team.”
Ms. Olsen received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Finance from the College of William and Mary. She holds a Master of Business Administration and Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics from Indiana University. She lives in Virginia with her husband and three children.
A component of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FLETC provides basic and career-long training to law enforcement professionals to help them fulfill their responsibilities safely and proficiently. Through strategic partnerships, FLETC prepares the federal law enforcement community to safeguard the American people, property, and institutions.
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