NHTSA Leadership

Chief Financial Officer: Cynthia Parker

Cynthia Parker, currently on detail as the acting chief financial officer (CFO) for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is the deputy director of the Office of Financial Management and Transit Benefit Programs within the Assistant Secretary for Administration, Department of Transportation (DOT). In this capacity, she is responsible for the financial management and budget of the $181 million administrative Working Capital Fund, $30 million direct and reimbursable salaries and expense fund, and oversight of a $400 million transit benefit and parking program that provides transit benefit services to more than 110 Federal agencies for approximately 250,000 participants and garage management for more than 1,000 spaces. In her capacity as acting CFO for NHTSA, Parker oversees three divisions and 24 employees responsible for financial management and audits, acquisitions, and budget performance and execution with oversight of the Agency’s $1 billion+ funding portfolio.

Before joining DOT, Parker served as chief of the Resource Management Division in the Directorate of Analysis, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) where she provided financial oversight and advice to senior staff on the execution of DIA’s analytical program, projects, and initiatives, totaling more than $400 million in combined base and supplemental funding across four intelligence programs. She implemented a process that reconciled outgoing military inter-departmental purchase requests, and collected associated obligation documents from receiving Agencies that ensured more than $63 million in funding was not vulnerable to reallocation to other Agency programs. Parker collaborated on a tracking process that resulted in the obligation of 255 aged documents totaling $289 million, the clearance of $14M in aged commitments from July to September, and the correction of $8 million in double obligations that directly impacted the Directorate’s ability to process additional requirements.  

Parker has more than 30 years of comprehensive public and private sector leadership in the areas of financial management, acquisition, cost, and economic analysis, including 20 years as an active duty member of the U.S. Air Force. She has earned several awards for outstanding public service, including the Assistant Secretary for Administration Star and Leadership Excellence Awards; multiple Assistant Secretary for Administration Team Awards, the Office of Financial Management Director’s Award; Spot Awards for outstanding support to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, Information Operations Directorate, and the Congressional Budget Integration Division, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Information Dominance Directorate; and the Department of Defense Meritorious Award for Budgeting.

Parker has a bachelor’s degree in management from National-Louis University, and a master’s degree in national resource strategy from the Eisenhower School at the National Defense University.