· 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 grantees A-133 audits; managing the OIG audit resolution process; and coordinating of the Agencys 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 Divisions 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.