Office of Budget, Finance and
Award Management (BFA)
Deputy Office Head: Joanna Rom
Ms. Rom has been serving in the Office of Budget, Finance and Award Management (BFA) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the role of Deputy Office Head since 2000. BFA, through its five divisions, has responsibility for NSF's key business functions, including financial management, budget development, grant and contract policy and award operations, audit resolution, as well as strategic planning and performance reporting. As Deputy, Ms. Rom is responsible for coordinating the management and oversight of BFA operations. She also represents BFA as its Conflicts Official and as liaison on GAO (Government Accountability Office) and OIG (Office of Inspector General) matters.
Within NSF Ms. Rom has a number of duties beyond BFA. These include service, since 1997, as Executive Secretary of the National Science Board's Audit and Oversight Committee (the National Science Board is the Presidentially-appointed policy-making body of the NSF), as well as work with the Accountability and Performance Integration Council and a number of other senior leadership teams. She is also NSF’s designated Acquisition Ombudsman.
Beyond NSF Ms. Rom is active in several key interagency activities. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) of federal research agencies and over 100 research institutions. She is FDP Membership Committee Co-Chair as well as founder of the FDP’s Emerging Research Institution initiative. She was also a founding member of the Research Business Models Subcommittee (under the National Science and Technology Council), a group which seeks to harmonize government research grant practices across agencies.
Since joining the Foundation in 1975 as a management intern, Ms. Rom has undertaken a variety of responsibilities, including grants and contracting officer with unlimited signatory authority; Head of the Grants Policy Office; and Deputy Director, Division of Grants and Agreements (DGA). From 1995 through 2000 she was Director of DGA. In that role she oversaw the negotiation, execution and management of tens of thousands of grants and cooperative agreements for research and education in science and engineering. She was also a key participant in the working group that developed FastLane, NSF's pioneering and award winning web-based grants application and management system that was initiated in 1994.
Frequently invited to speak at regional, national and international events, Ms. Rom is valued for her broad knowledge of NSF operations and policy and interest in continually improving NSF’s service to its community. She has also written many articles on grants policy and related topics in professional publications. In November, 2008 she was awarded the prestigious Joseph F. Carrabino Award by the National Council of University Research Administrators in recognition of her achievements in furthering the Federal-University partnership.
Ms. Rom is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and earned an MBA at The George Washington University, where she was named to the business honorary society, Beta Gamma Sigma.