Robert Shea has almost 15 years of direct experience in the Federal Government. He served as the Associate Director for the U.S. Office of Management and Budget; Senior Management Counsel for the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs; Legislative Director for the Office of Congressman Pete Sessions; and Professional Staff Member for the House Committee on Government Reform.
Mr. Shea’s functional expertise is in Strategic Planning, Performance Management, Evidence-based Policymaking, Federal Financial Management, Improper Payments, Human Capital, Federal Executive Branch Oversight, and Data Transparency. He was a Member of the Commission on Evidence-based Policymaking and served as a Member for the Bush, McCain, and Romney Presidential Transitions. He led the assessment of the government’s programs using the Program Assessment Rating Tool, which was recognized by Harvard University with an Innovations in American Government Award. He negotiated and implemented the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (USASpending.gov). He oversaw the implementation of large scale personnel reform at the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security; launched the federal government-wide effort to measure and reduce improper payments; and shepherded enactment of the Federal Activities Inventory Reform Act. His Grant Thornton client experience includes DHS, USDA, NEA, Treasury, Transportation, GSA, Michigan, and New York. Robert received a B.A., from Connecticut College and a J.D., from the South Texas College of Law. He is a Fellow and former Chair, National Academy of Public Administration.
He received the Fed100 award twice; Andy Barr Award, Association of Government Accountant; Elmer B. Staats Award for Public Accountability, National Capital Area Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration; and the Executive Leadership Award for Information Resource Management, the Association for Federal Information Resources Management.
- Business consulting
- Public sector
Professional qualifications and memberships
National Academy of Public Administration, Fellow; Board Member
Presentations and publications
Editor and Contributor, Performance Management and Budgeting: How Governments Can Learn from Experience, M.E. Sharpe, 2008
Contributor, “Performance Budgeting in OECD Countries,” September 2007
JD, South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas
BA, Government, Connecticut College
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