Stephen D. Austin was selected for the Senior Executive Service in June 2007. He became the Assistant Chief of Army Reserve (ACAR) on 4 October 2015. He serves as the primary advisor to the Chief of Army Reserve within Headquarters, Department of the Army. He represents the Army Reserve in the formulation and synchronization of policy and strategy at the National, Departmental, and Service levels. He provides oversight to the Chief of Army Reserve’s staff and directs the development of policy, resourcing, and plans for generating, sustaining, and integrating Army Reserve force capabilities in support of the nation.
Prior to assuming this position, he was the Chief Financial Officer and Director, Resource Management and Materiel (CFO/DRM/M) for the Army Reserve. In this position he had fiduciary responsibility including Comptroller, Budget, Financial Management, and Program Development. He oversaw the Chief of the Army Reserve Title 10 responsibilities for three appropriations: Reserve Personnel Army (RPA), Operation and Maintenance Army Reserve (OMAR) and Military Construction Army Reserve (MCAR) affecting more than 198,000 soldiers in 1,500 units and over 1,000 facilities. As the Director of Materiel he oversaw all equipping, supply, property accountability, and logistics support for all units and soldiers in the Army Reserve.
Before coming to the Army Reserve, he was the Department of Commerce Director of Program Evaluation and Risk Management and Senior Advisor to the Department of Commerce Chief Financial Officer (CFO) / Assistant Secretary of Administration (ASA). In this position, he advised the Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary and CFO/ASA on financial, performance, management, and business process issues within the Department. He also led the Department Management Council, set up the first comprehensive Department-level Program Review process, and led the initial institution of a Balanced Scorecard management and performance system in the Department. Prior to this, he was the Director of Program Analysis and Evaluation (PA&E) for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) leading the annual development of the $25 billion five year Program across six National Services/Line Offices including Weather, Ocean, and Marine Fisheries and all NOAA Staff Offices.