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Philip J Candreva

Senior Lecturer
Financial Management

Phone: (831) 656-2884


Philip J. Candreva has been a senior lecturer of budgeting and public policy at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California since 2006. Prior to joining academia, he served 22 years as a Navy Supply Corps officer, retiring at the rank of Commander. He earned a BS in economics, an MS in public financial management, and a JD (law). His teaching and research interests are in the areas of public budgeting (particularly for national defense), congressional oversight of defense through the budget, and the intersection of law and public administration. Among his intellectual contributions is the textbook, National Defense Budgeting and Financial Management, published in 2017, and peer-reviewed journal articles in Public Administration Review; Public Budgeting & Finance; Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, and Financial Management; Public Finance & Management; and Armed Forces & Society.
  • JD - Monterey College of Law 2015
  • MS - Naval Postgraduate School 1996
    Major: Management
  • BS - Pennsylvania State University 1984
    Major: Mineral Economics
NPS Experience
  • 2006 - current: Senior Lecturer
  • 2002 - 2006: Lecturer
Other Experience
  • 2022 Adjunct Professor of the Practice in National Security Policy, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
  • 2018 Trustee, Monterey College of Law
  • 2017 Adjunct Professor of Law, Monterey College of Law
  • 2008 - 2008 Special Assistant, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management & Comptroller), Washington, DC
  • 2000 - 2002 Director, ERP Implementation Department, Navy Supply Information Systems Activity, Mechanicsburg, PA
  • 1999 - 2000 Director, Management and Comptroller Department, Fleet Material Support Office, Mechanicsburg, PA
  • 1996 - 1999 Deputy for Financial Management, Research and Engineering, Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, MD
Research Interests
Public policy
Defense budgeting
Intersection between law and public administration
Teaching Interests
Defense budgeting & financial management
Public administration
Public policy


  • 2021 - Graduate School of Defense Management EMBA Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2009 - Louis D. Liskin Award for Excellence in Teaching, Naval Postgraduate School

Boards, Memberships, & Certifications

Professional Memberships
  • 2018 - 2021 Board of Trustees, Monterey College of Law - Board of Trustees
  • 2016 American Association for Budget and Program Analysis
  • 2006 - 2014 Senior Associate, Center for Defense Management Research
  • 2005 Member, American Society for Public Administration
  • 2005 Member, Association for Budgeting and Financial Management
Licensures and Certifications
  • Certified Level III - Business, Cost Estimating, and Financial Management, Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA)

Scholarly Work

  • Book Chapters
  • Candreva, P. J, (2019). Financial Management.
  • Books
  • Candreva, P. J, (2017). National Defense Budgeting & Financial Management: Policy & Practice. Charlotte, NC Information Age Publishing.
  • Conference Proceedings
  • Candreva, P. J, (2020). A Critical Look at Use or Lose.
  • Journal Articles
  • Brien, S. T., Candreva, P. J., Hansen, S. C., & Pizzini, M, (2020). Looking Forward to Cuts: A Simulation Decision Tool for Cutback Management. Public Budgeting & Finance, 1(40), 3-21.
  • Candreva, P. J, (2019). The Federal Antideficiency Act at 150 - Where Do We Stand? Public Budgeting & Finance, 4(39), 75-93.
  • Candreva, P. J, (2019). Playground or Church? Implications for Public Administration from Trinity Lutheran v. Comer. Public Administration Review, 1(79), 104-112.
  • Candreva, P. J., & Eger, R. J, (2018). Can Health Outcome Proxies Benefit Public Health Budget Professionals? Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, and Financial Management, 1(30), 59-71.
  • Webb, N. J., & Candreva, P. J, (2010). Diagnosing performance management and performance budgeting systems: A case study of the US Navy. Public Finance and Management, 3(10), 524.
  • Discussants
  • Candreva, P. J. (Panelist), How Congress Can Help America Get More Out of Our Defense Dollars, "How Congress Can Help America Get More Out of Our Defense Dollars," Heritage Foundation, Webinar. (July 23, 2021).
  • Candreva, P. J., Acquisition Research Symposium, "Panel Chair - Acquisition Research Symposium," Department of Defense. (May 9, 2019).