OFFICE OF COMPTROLLER OPERATIONS
Anna Maria Kiehl is the first person to hold the title of chief accounting officer for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the first woman to be appointed deputy secretary for the Office of the Budget’s Office of Comptroller Operations. Ms. Kiehl has 37 years of financial management experience in the commonwealth and is a certified public accountant and certified government financial manager. She currently serves as the president of the National Association of State Comptrollers and is a board member of the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers, and Treasurers. Ms. Kiehl is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), and Association of Government Accountants.
As the commonwealth’s chief accounting officer, Ms. Kiehl provides executive leadership and direction to a staff of approximately 420 professional accountants, auditors, contract managers, financial analysts, and payroll professionals. She manages an office budget of over $55 million. Ms. Kiehl holds a bachelor of science in business administration from the Pennsylvania State University. She is a frequent speaker at association meetings and accounting and government conferences. Ms. Kiehl lives in Camp Hill with her husband, Doug, and actively participates in her community.
About Comptroller Operations
The Office of Comptroller Operations prepares and issues the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s comprehensive annual financial report, or CAFR, and the state-level single audit. The office oversees the commonwealth’s uniform accounting, payroll, and financial reporting systems. Additionally, Comptroller Operations provides auditing, financial management, and accounts payable and receivable services; enterprise-wide travel management and support; quality assurance and process improvement consulting; and other specialized services including enterprise vendor registration and support.
In 2009, the Office of Comptroller Operations, led by Ms. Kiehl, undertook a bold reorganization to a shared services model that consolidated nine offices and bureaus and streamlined the commonwealth’s finance business processes – resulting in an annual savings of $10 million compared to 2008 costs. This reorganization earned the office the GFOA’s 2011 E-Government and Technology Award for Excellence in Government Finance. Additionally, in 2016 the Office of Comptroller Operations earned the GFOA Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 30th consecutive year.