Mason Alumnus Wins Top Government Award

Posted: December 4, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Nicole Snyder

David Cushing
David Cushing

David Cushing, Mason alumnus and deputy chief financial officer of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), was recently selected by President George W. Bush as a recipient of the 2008 Presidential Rank Award.

The prestigious award represents a top achievement for Senior Executive Service members in the federal government.

As deputy CFO, Cushing has the ongoing responsibility to ensure internal controls over OPM operations and financial reporting are in place and operating effectively. In this role, Cushing has implemented innovative customer service approaches and led the development of OPM’s first Financial Management Manual, a comprehensive guide to agency financial policy and procedures. He also conceptualized and established the agency’s first tracking system for internal management audits.

“I knew I had been nominated by my agency, but I was nonetheless surprised and tremendously honored upon being chosen,” says Cushing. “What I enjoy most [about the work I do] is the daily opportunity to improve government services and operations — and the people I work with.”

Before joining OPM in 2004, Cushing worked for NASA for almost 24 years, including 12 years in the NASA Office of Inspector General where he held the position of assistant inspector general for both inspections and auditing.

Cushing has two degrees from Mason. He received a BA in Government and Politics in 1976 and a Master of Public Administration in 1980. Cushing was one of the few full-time MPA students in the late 1970s when the then-titled Department of Public Affairs nominated him for a Presidential Management Internship (PMI). He competed with hundreds of other candidates and was awarded a PMI position with NASA in 1980.

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