Chief Operating Officer SAGE Co-Chair
Elizabeth (Beth) McGrath is a Managing Director in Deloitte’s Federal practice. Ms. McGrath has broad, multi-disciplined, strategic and operational management experience acquired from more than 25 years successful performance in the federal government, while in positions up to the undersecretary level of the Department of Defense.
She possesses exceptional interpersonal skills with specific expertise in strategic planning and performance management, investment reviews and program management, and thought leadership and transformation. Ms. McGrath serves as a co-chair of the Partnership for Public Service’s Strategic Advisors to Government Executives community.
Prior to joining Deloitte, Ms. McGrath was confirmed by the Senate as the Deputy Chief Management Officer for the Department of Defense. During her tenure, she addressed numerous management challenges, in part by instituting an investment review process for the Department’s $7 billion of “business IT” systems, authoring the DOD’s Strategic Management Plan and overseeing needed improvements to the Department’s business architecture and security clearance processes. She also advised the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense on matters relating to management and the improvement of business operations. As DOD’s Deputy Chief Management Officer, Beth was extraordinarily effective in transforming the approach to business operations away from short-term, risk averse, status quo behaviors to a more strategic, enterprise-focused environment. She brought a dedicated focus to improving the business operations, and her business-minded approach reaped great dividends for the DOD in the areas of strategic planning, performance management, change management, process improvement, and business information technology acquisition and investment management.
Ms. McGrath served as the vice chair of the Federal Suitability and Security Clearance Performance Accountability Council overseeing government-wide security clearance process reforms. She has extensive experience designing, executing and overseeing complex interagency partnership programs involving senior White House officials and multiple heads of agencies and departments. She has developed strategies to modify national policy, streamline interagency practices and modernize IT capabilities in areas as diverse as suitability and security clearance processing. and military and veteran’s health services/information technology.
She also served as the Deputy Director for Systems Integration, Defense Finance and Accounting Service where she created a financial migration strategy that included a comprehensive architecture and identification of DOD-wide systems valued at more than $1 billion. Additionally, Ms. McGrath held numerous business/acquisition roles within the Department of the Navy.
Ms. McGrath holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from George Mason University and is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute. She is a acquisition certified program manager, a member of the DOD Acquisition Professional Community, and a member of the National Academy of Public Administration. Her awards include: National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation, Presidential Rank Award, and Office of the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Medal. She twice received the DOD Medal for Distinguished Public Service. Ms. McGrath has been recognized by Government Computer News with the Defense IT Executive of the Year award, and has received multiple Federal 100 awards.Back to SAGEs