Job Overview

Summary

In today's interconnected world our country's security challenges are constantly evolving. To meet these challenges, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) fosters a culture that values and promotes diversity, teamwork, flexibility, and innovation. With a diverse and critical mission, we lead the unified national effort to secure America.

The mission of DHS is carried out every day by dedicated men and women who answer the noble call to public service with superior courage.  Come be a part of the best in preventing and deterring terrorist attacks, protecting against and responding to potential threats, ensuring safe and secure borders, welcoming immigrants and visitors, and promoting the free-flow of commerce. 

For an overview of the diverse responsibilities DHS carries out within the Government, we welcome you to visit our website at http://www.dhs.gov.

THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO REFLECT THE CHANGE IN POSITION SERIES FROM 0501 TO 0505.

This position is located in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of the Under Secretary for Management, Office of the Chief Financial Officer.  The Director, Financial Risk Management and Assurance, supports the DHS Chief Financial Officer in establishing Department-wide internal control to support the DHS mission, pursuant to the Department of Homeland Security Financial Accountability Act.  The Director is a senior internal control official and functions as the senior technical expert for the Department on all matters involving internal control.  Internal control is a major part of managing an organization and includes the plans, methods, and procedures used to meet missions, goals, and objectives.  Effective internal controls enables DHS Management to provide reasonable assurance that the following internal control objectives are being met: reliable financial reporting, effective and efficient operations; and compliance with laws and regulations.  The Director reports to the Chief Financial Officer, in a principal advisory capacity on all aspects of internal control.

Duties

Serves as the Director, Financial Risk Management and Assurance with responsibility for providing executive leadership and directing the execution of internal control advisory, oversight, and risk assessments for management throughout the Department.

Provides executive direction, advice and counseling to Department Leadership Officials, the Chief Financial Officer, and Senior Component Officials on a wide range of federal financial management and operational subjects affecting internal control over financial reporting, operations, and compliance with laws and regulations.

Provides and implements plans to improve risk management programs for financial matters, policies, practices, and methods related to strengthening internal controls and preventing waste, fraud, or abuse; identifies and analyzes relevant risks over operations for the purpose of determining how those risks should be managed; directly contributes to reducing the overall risk associated with financial operations of the Department; and provides authoritative guidance and recommendations to senior leadership concerning the effectiveness and relevance of various risk reduction strategies; actively works to create systems and safeguards to ameliorate high risk areas through effective internal control systems.

Directs the activities associated with the internal control provisions of the Department of Homeland Security Financial Accountability Act and OMB Circular #A-123, Management's Responsibility for Internal Control.

  • Facilitates comprehensive risk assessment processes and analyzes Component risk assessments.
  • Oversees internal control staffs that are deployed within Components to support both process.
  • Captures all testing exceptions and applies consistent guidelines to evaluate the nature of internal control deficiencies.
  • Establishes with process owners, the most efficient approach too corrective action and monitors and manages remediation progress and provides oversight of verification and validation testing procedures.
  • Captures internal control performance measurements, prepares relevant analyses and shares this information on demand with the Chief Financial Officer and Departmental leadership.
  • Works with the Office of the Chief Information Officer to assess information technology general computer and application controls.

Provides guidance and standards for ensuring that actions taken by process owners are adequate to support the Secretary's year-end internal control assurance statements.

Develops internal control governance by supporting the Under Secretary for Management's Senior Management Council and the  Chief Financial Officer's Senior Assessment Team in conducting Department-wide internal control assessments.