Jonathan Witter

Defense Finance
and Accounting Service
Providing payment services of the U.S. Department of Defense

Jonathan Witter, Deputy Director, Strategy and Support

Jonathan Witter became the DFAS Deputy Director for Strategy and Support in January 2012.  Mr. Witter is responsible for developing and guiding implementation of the agency’s strategy and directing the agency’s mission support activities including: Resource Management, Information and Technology, Acquisition, Policy, Corporate Communications, Legislative Liaison, Human Capital, Equal Employment Opportunity, Lean6, Project Management, Force Protection, and the DFAS Human Resources Regional Service Center which services personnel spanning both DFAS and DoD’s Fourth Estate.

From October 2008 through January 2012, Mr. Witter was director of the DFAS Columbus network.  For his customers, which included the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and 11 Defense agencies, he oversaw a full spectrum of accounting operations, disbursing, call center services, systems operations, and administrative support for facilities in Columbus, Ohio and Limestone, Maine.  To accomplish these critical missions, he led a workforce of more than 3,000 employees.

As site director, he also served as the DFAS Air Force Client Executive.  He was the senior 'face to the customer,' thus responsible for ensuring all DFAS mission areas provided quality service to 75 Air Force bases, 80 Air National Guard units and the U.S. Transportation Command.

Mr. Witter joined DFAS in 2006 to serve as the Director, Business Requirements and Integration.  In that position, he provided leadership in the development and modernization of financial systems for use DoD-wide as well as oversight for enterprise resource planning systems for Military Departments and Defense agencies.

During his career, Mr. Witter has served in joint executive leadership positions at the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) as the Director of Finance and Accounting Policy and the Director of Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness.  In these positions, he worked across DoD and with legislative staff on four Defense Congressional committees, leaders at the Office of Management and Budget, U.S. Treasury, General Accountability Office and multiple civilian agencies.

Mr. Witter was inducted into the Senior Executive Service in May 2004 as the Associate Director for Financial Improvement in the Accounting and Finance Policy and Analysis Directorate of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), later becoming the director of that office.

Mr. Witter began his federal career in 1995 as an auditor in the Office of the Department of Defense Inspector General, performing Defense-wide operational audits of telecommunications capabilities.  Subsequently, he performed financial audits of Defense Agencies and eventually led the audit of the Department of Defense agency-wide financial statements.

Mr. Witter is an Indiana University of Pennsylvania graduate and has a master's degree from Central Michigan University.  He has completed executive leadership programs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  In addition to being a certified public accountant, Mr. Witter has earned level 3 certification in the DoD Financial Management Certification Program and is a certified lean6 Green Belt.  He is a member of both the Association of Government Accountants and American Society of Military Comptrollers.
Mr. Witter has been awarded the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award; Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service; Office of the Secretary of Defense Joint Meritorious Award; Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) Group Achievement Award; DFAS Director’s Award; and DoD Inspector General Auditor of the Year Award.

Updated December 30, 2015.