Tom Murphy, Director, DFAS Columbus

Portrait of Tom Murphy, Deputy Director, DFAS Cleveland

Thomas Murphy is the Director of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) Columbus, managing the day-to-day operations of more than 2,400 employees providing a range of finance and accounting services to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and 11 Defense Agencies. He serves as the Client Executive to the Air Force and the Defense Agencies serviced by DFAS Columbus, focusing efforts to support their audit assertions. 

DFAS Columbus is designated as the Center of Excellence for Acquisition Accounting responsible for commercial payments to approximately 100,000 vendors/contractors totaling $261.3 billion in FY 2011. He also oversees the activities of the DFAS Limestone site.

Mr. Murphy served as Director, DFAS Cleveland from November 2011 to May 2014 and deputy director from May through November 2011.  While director, he spearheaded the identification, resourcing and delivery of Cleveland Operations Site initiatives resulting in 60% of Site Operations teleworking regularly, launch of the Cleveland Rock Star recognition program, establishment of an ongoing Leadership Development program, creation of a career development and training support team, and focused programs for military awareness.  Several of these programs became models for other site and agency initiatives. Prior to that, he was Deputy Director, Financial Management Center of Excellence (FMCoE), Strategic Business Management. In that role, he focused on strong collaboration with DFAS partners, and he initiated the ERP Deployment Impact Process, which is held as a “best practice” for all deployments.

From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Murphy was Director for Component Solutions, FMCoE and responsible for providing support and oversight for the DFAS ERP project managers.  These project managers supported DFAS customers in the development, testing and implementation of their ERP systems, namely Navy ERP, GFEBS, DAI, DEAMS, ECSS and others.  Mr. Murphy successfully rolled out the use of Project Web Access (PWA) to all FMCOE and other DFAS partners, resulting in improved communication between the teams and greater awareness of upcoming tasks.

From 2002 to 2007, Mr. Murphy was Director of Store Accounting and Associate Vice President of Strategic System Management and Analysis for Things Remembered.  From 1998 to 2002, he worked in progressive financial management positions for Dairy Mart Convenience Stores, serving as Controller for his last two years.  He successfully led the relocation of the accounting office for Dairy Mart from Connecticut to Ohio.

Mr. Murphy practiced public accounting for 13 years, owning his own CPA firm for six years.  He moved from public accounting to retail accounting in 1994 and advanced through various systems and accounting positions.

A native of Chicago, Mr. Murphy earned his bachelor's degree in Accounting from Roosevelt University and an MBA from the University of Minnesota – Duluth.  He passed the CPA examination in 1985.

Mr. Murphy is a member of the American Society of Military Comptrollers, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Columbus Federal Executive Association.  Mr. Murphy was a board member and the Treasurer for the Ohio Division of the American Cancer Society until their merger with the Pennsylvania Division in 2010. 

Mr. Murphy is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Lean6 Green Belt and a Certified Defense Financial Manager (CDFM).

He was inducted into the Senior Executive Service in April 2009.


Updated Aug. 20, 2014