Associate Director of Research for Business Operations



Mr. Jay L. Cooper served as the Comptroller for the Office of Naval Research from March 2016 to October 2018 where he was directly responsible for the management and oversight of financial resources devoted to research, development, test and evaluation, and related activities of the Department of the Navy.  From Nov 2017 to Nov 2018,Photo of Mr. Cooper Mr. Cooper served as the Resource Manager for the NATO Resolute Support Mission while on deployment to Kabul, Afghanistan.  Mr. Cooper and his staff of 150+ personnel conducted Train/Advise/Assist support to 4 cabinet level offices of the Afghan government responsible for Police and Army Security Forces. In March 2019, Mr. Cooper was named Associate Director of Research for Business Operations at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. 

Mr. Cooper was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in April 2010.  He has 29 years of Federal Service and 7 years of service as a contractor in support of Navy fast attack submarines from 1982 to 1989.

Prior to his work at ONR, from March 2010 to March 2016, Mr. Cooper served as the Director, Civilian Resources and Business Affairs in the Navy Comptroller’s office, OASN FM&C (FMB-4) where he was responsible for reviewing, recommending and revising financial estimates for the Navy Working Capital Fund, civilian personnel, information technology, and contractor services for inclusion in the budget; to include justification of these estimates to OSD/OMB and the Congress. This equates to oversight of approximately $57 billion and more than 200,000 civilian personnel.

From September 2000 to April 2010, Mr. Cooper served as the Comptroller, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific, where he was responsible for management and execution of appropriated and Navy working capital funds in excess of $650 million per year covering more than 4,000 employees in a geographic region from Hawaii to Japan, Thailand, Diego Garcia, Singapore, Korea, the Philippines, and Guam.

Prior to 2000, Mr. Cooper held Comptroller positions with several other Navy shore installations, specifically Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Pacific, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Cuba, and Naval Training Center Orlando, Florida.

Mr. Cooper holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from George Mason University.  He is a recipient of the NATO non-Article 5 medal and the Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award for service in support of NATO Operation Resolute Support.  In addition, Mr. Cooper has three Meritorious Civilian Service Awards, one of which resulted from 12 months of service in Al Anbar Province, Iraq as part of the Department of State’s embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team initiative during 2007 to 2008.  He has a Level 3 DoD FM Certification and is a prior American Society of Military Comptrollers member, Certified Defense Financial Manager, and Certified Government Financial Manager.


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