Margaret Vo Schaus was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 30, 2021, to serve as NASA’s Chief Financial Officer. As Chief Financial Officer, Schaus ensures the financial health of the Agency and oversees all financial management, budget, strategic planning, and performance activities relating to NASA’s programs and operations. Schaus manages the Agency’s budget and financial operations, directs the preparation and submission of annual financial and budgetary reports, and coordinates Agency financial management activities with other federal agencies.
Prior to this appointment, Schaus was a career member of the Senior Executive Service. She has held numerous leadership roles within science and engineering organizations with responsibility for advancing research, development and demonstration programs, financial management and business operations. She has served in positions at the Departments of Defense, Energy and Treasury, and at the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Schaus has been recognized with several awards, including the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Exceptional Civilian Service Award, the Department of Energy’s Distinguished Career Service Award, and the Secretary of Energy’s Honor Award.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degrees from Stanford University in Science, Technology, and Society, as well as English, as well as a Master of Science degree in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.