About the Office

The Office of the Chief Operating Officer (OCOO) develops and executes agency management policies. The OCOO works closely with the Chairman's Office to promote operational effectiveness, formulate budget policy, oversee the allocation and utilization of agency resources, promote management controls and financial integrity, manage the administrative support offices, and oversee the agency's information technology capital planning process.

The OCOO and its ancillary offices oversee agency-wide compliance with federal requirements enacted by the Congress and imposed by the Office of Management and Budget, Government Accountability Office, and Office of Personnel Management. The office also coordinates the agency's compliance with the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993.


Chief Operating Officer: Kenneth A. Johnson

The OCOO organization includes:

  • EDGAR Business Office
    Jeffrey Hickman, Director (acting)
  • Office of Acquisitions
    Vance Cathell, Director
  • Office of Financial Management
    Caryn Kauffman, Director & Chief Financial Officer
  • Office of Human Resources
    James McNamara, Director & Chief Human Capital Officer 
  • Office of Information Technology
    Charles Riddle, Director & Chief Information Officer (acting)
  • Office of Support Operations
    Barry Walters, Director & Chief FOIA Officer
Kenneth Johnson photoKenneth Johnson, Chief Operating Officer

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Office Information and Resources


The Office of Acquisitions develops and executes programs for SEC acquisition policies, procurement and contract administration, acquisitions workforce training and certification, and the government purchase card.


The EDGAR Business Office provides direct executive-level oversight of the EDGAR system and ongoing transformation of its functions and programs, including EDGAR redesign and filer support.


The Office of Financial Management administers the financial management and budget functions of the SEC.


The Office of Human Resources provides leadership for the strategic management of the SEC's human capital by administering programs, establishing policies, and ensuring compliance with federal regulations.


The Office of Information Technology supports the SEC and its employees in all aspects of information technology, and operates the Electronic Data Gathering Analysis and Retrieval (EDGAR) system.


The Office of Support Operations offers a variety of programs to manage the agency’s facilities and assets, processes requests under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act, and manages all agency records in accordance with the Federal Records Act.