Helen Tierney assumed the duties of the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Management at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on June 24, 2014. Immediately prior to this appointment, she served as the Executive in Charge for the Office of Management, Chief Financial Officer, and the Performance Improvement Officer. In this role, she was responsible for the overall budget and financial management of VA’s $150+ billion budget as well as the Department’s performance management, business oversight, enterprise risk management, and asset enterprise management programs. Ms. Tierney joined VA in March 2011 as the Executive Director for Operations in the Office of Management.
Prior to joining VA, Ms. Tierney served in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as the Executive Director for Planning, Program Analysis, and Evaluation for the Office of Field Operations in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency.
Before her appointment in DHS, Ms. Tierney served in Army civilian positions in Germany, Italy, Korea, and in the U.S. She led business transformation programs on the Army Financial Management and Comptroller staff, and her final Army assignment was as an Army Senior Fellow in the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Army.
Ms. Tierney received numerous civil service and academic awards. Her recognition includes five Department of Army Superior Civilian Service Awards and being designated as a Distinguished Graduate from National Defense University (Industrial College of the Armed Forces). As a graduate student at Cornell University, she was selected for a full scholarship at Universitat Heidelberg, Germany and a Western Societies Grant for Graduate Research. Ms. Tierney holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Cornell University; a Master of Policy Management degree from the Public Policy Institute, Georgetown University; and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University, Industrial College of the Armed Forces (now called the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy).
A native of Washington, DC, Ms. Tierney is the daughter of a World War II Veteran and the wife of an Army Veteran.