Tom Murphy, Director, DFAS Cleveland

Portrait of Tom Murphy, Deputy Director, DFAS Cleveland

Thomas Murphy is the Director of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) Cleveland. He is responsible for the delivery of DFAS Cleveland services and leads the efforts of more than 2,100 accounting and finance personnel for the Department of Defense. He also oversees the activities of the DFAS Japan network site.
DFAS Cleveland personnel pay the operational expenses for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The site provides pay support to 4 million people, including active duty, reserve and civilian employees of the Navy, Marine Corps, Department of Energy, Health and Human Services and the Broadcast Board of Governors, as well as military retirees and annuitants from all four Service branches. DFAS Cleveland processes over 70 percent of all DFAS disbursements totaling approximately $28 billion a month.

Mr. Murphy served as Deputy Director, DFAS Cleveland, from May through November 2011. 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.  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 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. 

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

Updated Dec. 15, 2011