Anthony (Tony) Scardino is currently the Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In this role, he is effectively the USPTO’s chief operating officer, responsible for all agency operations and managing approximately 13,000 employees. In addition to his responsibilities as Acting Deputy Director, he is the Chief Financial Officer at the USPTO, serving as the principal advisor to the USPTO Director in leading and improving the financial management, accounting, budgeting, fee setting, revenue forecasting, and organizational performance systems of the agency. As CFO, Tony oversees an annual budget exceeding $3 billion.
Prior to joining the USPTO, Tony served in several leadership positions at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), including Acting CFO, Acting Deputy CFO, and Budget Director. In these capacities, he oversaw an annual budget of more than $45 billion, served as a key advisor to the Secretary of HUD, and acted as a principal liaison with congressional appropriators and the White House Office of Management and Budget. His other federal experience includes time at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Election Commission, and the Broadcasting Board of Governors, where he successfully implemented a new accounting and payroll system in a fiscally constrained environment. Additionally, Tony has spent time with two consulting firms supporting federal finance challenges and served as the Deputy CFO at a federally funded grantee of the U.S. government.
In 2014, Tony was the recipient of the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, given annually by the President to no more than 5 percent of the federal government’s Senior Executive Service in recognition of “sustained extraordinary accomplishment” throughout their executive tenure.
Tony has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the State University of New York at Geneseo and a Master of Public Administration from the State University of New York at Albany. As a lifelong learner, Tony has attained a Certified Government Financial Management (CGFM) certification, is a graduate of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Senior Managers in Government program, and also a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.