Tribute to Rebecca Schmidtby Senator Edward J. Markey
Posted on 2014-12-16
MARKEY. Mr. President, I would like to recognize the
outstanding career of Rebecca L. Schmidt, who retired in 2014 after 30
years of dedicated service in the Federal Government. For the last 8
years of her career, Ms. Schmidt served the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory
Commission as the Director of the Office of Congressional Affairs. In
that position, she brought to the agency a fresh approach to
congressional relations, implementing a more rigorous and proactive
liaison role with congressional offices as well as expanding the
office's outreach to other Federal agencies and external groups. She
received the Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award in 2010 in
recognition of her valuable contributions to the agency, including her
organizational and communications skills and her ability to build
better relationships between the NRC, Congress and community groups.
Ms. Schmidt started her career in the Congressional Budget Office, and later was selected for the Presidential Management Intern Program, where she participated in executive development assignments throughout government. Ms. Schmidt's assignments included working in the Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation for the Army Chief of Staff; the Budget Division at Army Western Command Headquarters, Hawaii; the Management Secretariat and the National Security Division at OMB; and the House Budget Committee.
She later worked for the U.S. Army Support Command in Hawaii, where she supervised analysts responsible for formulating long-run strategic plans and performing management studies for the installation. For the next 7 years she worked for the Congress serving as a senior defense and international affairs analyst for the House Budget Committee and then as a senior professional staff member of the House Armed Services Committee where she briefed Members of Congress on technical budget matters and legislative language for the Defense authorization bill.
Following her time working for Congress, Ms. Schmidt spent the next 10 years working for the Secretary of Defense. Her service included evaluating costs and benefits for operating bases as the Deputy Director of the Base Closure Office; serving as staff assisting the members of Secretary Cohen's Defense Reform Task Force; and as a budget analyst developing the Department of Defense's 5-year budget for the Under Secretary of Defense, Comptroller. Prior to her work at the NRC, Ms. Schmidt served 6 years in the Senior Executive Service as the Associate Director for Budget Presentation and Congressional Liaison in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for the Comptroller. She was responsible for preparing the Secretary of Defense, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, and the Comptroller for all budget hearings before Congress.
Over the years, she worked for four NRC Chairmen, three Secretaries of Defense and four congressional committee chairmen. She contributed her knowledge of nuclear, defense, and budget process issues and became skillful in political strategy, strategic planning and management analysis. During her three decades of public service, she demonstrated integrity, a commitment to excellence, and outstanding leadership.
Ms. Schmidt received a bachelor's degree from Wittenberg University and earned a master's degree in public policy analysis from Duke University. She has remained a loyal supporter of the Blue Devils since her graduate school days, and her blue frosted cupcakes and enthusiasm for her basketball team will be greatly missed by her congressional affairs staff during March Madness and regular season games.