Statement on the Retirement of Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale
Today, Robert Hale, Pentagon Comptroller, announced he is retiring. In his place, President Obama has nominated Mike McCord, the Principle Deputy Under Secretary of Defense. Upon hearing this announcement, Congressman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) made the following statement:“First, I would like to thank Mr. Hale for his service to our nation. I praise him for his professionalism and selflessness in doing one of the more thankless jobs within the Department of Defense. Over the last five years he has done the difficult job of reining in the DoD’s budget while not compromising the safety of our troops, or the security of our nation.
“Mr. Hale led by example and tackled some of the more difficult, intractable issues within the DoD – one being the financial management of the Department. As many know, auditing the Pentagon has been a top priority of mine, a task that led me to work with Mr. Hale and his team frequently. While there is still a ways to go in the endeavor to audit the DoD, he was instrumental in advancing the audit effort – we would not be where we are were it not for Mr. Hale. Today, because of his leadership, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Changing the culture within the DoD is not easy, a fact many within the Department intimately know; yet, Mr. Hale has slowly reversed the tide, and for this, the U.S. taxpayer and I are truly grateful.
“Lastly, I would like to thank Mr. Hale’s family for lending him to the nation’s service. Comptroller is a demanding job, but I believe Mr. Hale was especially called to this position and the impact he had on the department prove this as fact.
“Again, I thank Mr. Hale for his work. His leadership, experience, and steady guidance will be sorely missed. I wish Mr. Hale a well earned retirement from public life and all the best to him and his family moving forward."