Mary Comans joined the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer in August 2016. As Deputy CFO, Ms. Comans provides advice and counsel to the CFO and senior FEMA leadership, including the FEMA Administrator and Deputy Administrator, on budget, financial, internal control and other related matters. She also represents FEMA to the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Management and Budget, and Congressional offices and committees on related matters, in addition to co-leading an organization of nearly 300 professionals and technical staff. Prior to joining FEMA, Ms. Comans was hand selected for a detail to serve as Chief of Staff for the newly established Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Joint Requirements Council (JRC), as a key liaison and coordinator for the Director. The JRC is an executive level organization that provides oversight of the DHS requirements generation process, harmonizes efforts across the Department, and makes prioritized funding recommendations.
Prior to her current position, Ms. Comans served in a number of capacities within the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Given her mastery-level knowledge of advanced financial management principles, concepts, regulations, and analytical methods, she was called upon to serve in a variety of positions with the Budget and Performance Division. Ms. Comans led a staff of senior and junior analysts in providing critical assistance to enable some of TSA's high profile programs like Federal Air Marshals, Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement, Air Cargo and the Office of Global Strategies to sustain a high level of operational performance. When Ms. Comans first came to TSA, she served as the Special Assistant to the TSA Budget Director. In this role, she led a variety of special projects to include developing a strategy to align, review and validate all capital investment plans included in TSA's acquisition portfolio which would ensure the documents comply with approved funding levels for past, current and future year budget requests.
Prior to joining TSA, Ms. Comans served as the Desk Officer for the U.S. Coast Guard account for the DHS Office of Budget from July 2005 to September 2009. As the Department's expert on the Coast Guard budget, Ms. Comans managed an appropriation of approximately $8 billion, $2 billion of which was investment funding, and strongly advocated for the Coast Guard's unique funding requirements as the only military service within DHS. During her tenure at DHS, Ms. Comans did a developmental assignment with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Office of Anti-Terrorism. While on detail, she focused on counter-drug and drug interdiction issues as well as analyzed national security issues concerning terrorism, incident management, money laundering and intelligence matters.
Ms. Comans began her federal career in 2004 as a Presidential Management Fellow and graduated from the Fellows Program in December 2006. She first worked as a Budget Analyst for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from 2004 to 2005.
In addition to earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Fordham University, Ms. Comans holds a Master of Public Administration from New York University and a Master of Science in National Security and Resource Strategy from the National Defense University’s Dwight D. Eisenhower School. She has been awarded a Public Service Commendation from the U.S. Coast Guard and the DHS Secretary's Award for Team DHS Excellence as well as the DHS CFO's Award for Innovation in an Austere Budget Climate.