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The Finance Office provides the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's financial management policies, systems and procedures. It advises line/staff offices on financial management policies and procedures and provides special-purpose financial information and analyses on matters of immediate concern to line/staff offices, the Chief Financial Officer, and the Office of the Under Secretary. The Office manages the agency's Annual Financial Statement Audit, and serves as the primary contact with the Office of the Inspector General.
The Director, Finance Office/Comptroller is delegated responsibility for all financial management, travel management and payment systems. The incumbent is responsible for managing NOAAs accounting system, and developing overall financial management guidance. The incumbent ensures adherence to financial limitations as well as statutory/regulatory financial requirements, and manages the use of NOAAs assets. The Director provides guidance and control of financial management activities such as, cash management, internal controls, prompt payment, electronic payments, travel management, financial reporting, internal audits and cost accounting at all levels of operations; supports and enhances NOAA's financial management policies, systems and procedures; provides financial payment and travel systems NOAA-wide and for all DOC counterpart organizations. The incumbent has primary responsibility for the following:
- Serves as focal point for producing an audited financial statement as required by the Chief Financial Officers Act. Coordinates necessary audit activity throughout NOAA organizations. Institute methodologies, organizational practices and processes to ensure audit readiness and accuracy consistent with applicable U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, and prescribed Departmental accounting policies and procedures.
- Maintains liaison with key management officials and provides assistance on complex budgetary and financial matters, and builds consensus among executives, senior managers, and internal or external stakeholders regarding strategies that contribute to more efficient allocation of resources which cross-cut organizational lines. Provides advice and assistance where needed to meet requirements established by DOC, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Government Accountability Office (GAO), and the Department of Treasury. Externally communicate with senior officials at the Department of Justice, OMB, General Services Administration, and OIG to coordinate financial matters.
- Interprets and implements accounting changes to Government Performance and Results Act, Government Management Results Act (GMRA), Federal Managers Financial Integrity Act, OMB Bulletin 97-01, Federal Financial Management Improvement Act (FFMIA), and other financial management improvement acts.
- Ensures the financial management system complies with Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Boards (FASAB), GAO, Joint Financial Management Improvement Program (JFMIP), FMFIA, and FFMIA requirements. Develops and implements integrated systems, policies and procedures designed to ensure financial information generated by NOAAs accounting system is reliable, consistent with all regulatory requirements, and meets the needs of Congress, DOC and NOAA.
- Provides technical policy, procedures, guidance and financial management leadership on overall fiscal and accounting matters. Develops and/or oversees the implementation of programs and processes that ensure robust monitoring of financial transactions to achieve complete compliance with applicable laws and regulations as well as internal and external policy. Adopts adequate measures to address anomalies and eliminate/mitigate risks of future non-compliance
- Anticipates the effect of legislative and administrative changes and initiatives and ensures development of effective, legally-compliant, fully responsive strategies to provide for implementation of programmatic priorities.