Job Overview

Summary

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is the Federal component of a nationwide extramural research, educational, and outreach system which supports the global, science-based agricultural enterprise and accomplishes its missions in partnership with land-grant universities and other academic and scientific organizations. To learn more about NIFA, please visit http://www.nifa.usda.gov.

This position is located in the Office of Grants and Financial Management (OGFM) in the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Grants Policy and Oversight Division. As the Division Director of the Policy and Oversight Division of OGFM you will supervise both the Policy and Oversight Staff . OGFM is responsible for the execution, administration, and payment of the Federal assistance instruments (formula funds, grants, cooperative agreement, and special projects) to further the mission of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) as the lead agency in the Federal Government for the food and agricultural sciences.  

Duties

·       Serve as the primary Policy Advisor to the Assistant Director for the Office of Grants and Financial Management and is responsible for establishing Federal assistance policies for the programs.

·       Review, analyze, and develop highly complex, precedent-setting, and often controversial policy matters covering a great variety of Federal assistance issues.  This includes all oversight activities related to Agency programs; planning and directing Improper Payment Information Act (IPIA); administrative and financial reviews/audits of funded institutions and projects; reviewing and resolving grantee’s A-133 audits; managing the OIG audit resolution process; and coordinating of the Agency’s involvement in GAO studies.

·       Responsible for the entire A-123 process for NIFA (i.e., the documentation, testing, corrective action plans, tracking of the milestones, and validation testing of the Agency internal controls).

·       Develop the Division’s work plans, operating budgets, and priorities; establishes schedules and milestones for the accomplishment and review of work assigned based on Departmental, Agency, and organizational requirements. 

·       Lead the assessment of proposed and newly enacted legislation, regulations, and policies relating to formula funds, grants, cooperative agreements, and special projects; and develops recommendations for changes in regulations and Government-wide guidance.

·       Provide expert guidance and direction to officials at recipient institutions regarding the maintenance of their financial systems and internal controls to ensure they are in compliance with applicable Federal laws and regulations.

·       Plan, organize, and conduct financial and compliance reviews at NIFA recipient institutions, such as the 1994 Land-Grant Institutions, the 1890 Land-Grant Institutions, and for-profit and non-profit organizations.