Paul R. Corts

Justice
Paul R. Corts

Assistant Attorney General for Administration,
Chief Financial Officer,
Chief Acquisition Officer

It might not be the most important action Paul R. Corts ever took as the Justice Department's assistant attorney general for administration and chief financial officer, but it was one of the most newsworthy. In June, he recommended the removal of the blue drapes that had covered the scantily clad statues in Justice's ceremonial Great Hall for three years under the order of former Attorney General John Ashcroft. "I suggested some modifications," Corts modestly admits.

Corts, who also has the role of chief acquisition officer, now is dealing with far more complex and long-term issues. He has to improve his department's financial management following poor audits in 2002 and 2003.

In May, Corts told a House Government Reform subcommittee that he is aiming to attack the problems on several levels: ensure an early warning system exists to flag audit problems; establish a dedicated CFO internal evaluation and review group; and revise the department's scattered financial systems. "We have real challenges; we have a terribly antiquated and fragmented auditing," Corts said.

Corts came to Justice almost three years ago from his post as president of Palm Beach Atlantic University, a Christian school in Florida, for more than 11 years. Before that, he served as president and held administrative and teaching posts at several universities. He says his experience as a university president has served him well. "The person in this position before referred to it as 'the mayor of Justice,' " Corts says. "And that's what a college and university president is-supervising all sorts of departments."

A native of Indiana, Corts received his master's and doctoral degrees from Indiana University.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Sponsored by G Suite

    Cross-Agency Teamwork, Anytime and Anywhere

    Dan McCrae, director of IT service delivery division, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

    Download
  • Data-Centric Security vs. Database-Level Security

    Database-level encryption had its origins in the 1990s and early 2000s in response to very basic risks which largely revolved around the theft of servers, backup tapes and other physical-layer assets. As noted in Verizon’s 2014, Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)1, threats today are far more advanced and dangerous.

    Download
  • Federal IT Applications: Assessing Government's Core Drivers

    In order to better understand the current state of external and internal-facing agency workplace applications, Government Business Council (GBC) and Riverbed undertook an in-depth research study of federal employees. Overall, survey findings indicate that federal IT applications still face a gamut of challenges with regard to quality, reliability, and performance management.

    Download
  • PIV- I And Multifactor Authentication: The Best Defense for Federal Government Contractors

    This white paper explores NIST SP 800-171 and why compliance is critical to federal government contractors, especially those that work with the Department of Defense, as well as how leveraging PIV-I credentialing with multifactor authentication can be used as a defense against cyberattacks

    Download
  • Toward A More Innovative Government

    This research study aims to understand how state and local leaders regard their agency’s innovation efforts and what they are doing to overcome the challenges they face in successfully implementing these efforts.

    Download
  • From Volume to Value: UK’s NHS Digital Provides U.S. Healthcare Agencies A Roadmap For Value-Based Payment Models

    The U.S. healthcare industry is rapidly moving away from traditional fee-for-service models and towards value-based purchasing that reimburses physicians for quality of care in place of frequency of care.

    Download
  • GBC Flash Poll: Is Your Agency Safe?

    Federal leaders weigh in on the state of information security

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.