Jody A. Harry is the chief financial officer of the United States Copyright Office. She was appointed to the position in October 2016.
Harry is responsible for the day-to-day management and oversight of all fiscal, financial, acquisition, and budget-related programs of the Copyright Office. She is the first incumbent in the chief financial officer position, which was created as part of the Register of Copyright’s ongoing modernization work.
Harry is a certified public accountant and a certified management accountant with more than 20 years of experience in financial leadership roles in both the public and private sectors. Before joining the Copyright Office staff, she served as comptroller of the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, where she was responsible for the full scope of division financial activities. Harry holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Guam and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University. She is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.
About the USCO
Copyright functions were first centralized within the Library of Congress in 1870 and, in 1897, Congress created the position of Register of Copyrights. The Register of Copyrights serves by appointment of, and under the general direction of, the Librarian of Congress. Congress enacted the first federal Copyright Act in 1790 in accordance with Article 1, section 8 of the United States Constitution, “to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.”