Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance

Washington, D.C
Feb 08, 2023
Feb 14, 2023
Full Time


The Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance and Deputy Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is the senior career official at HHS charged with managing the finances for one of the largest, most complex government agencies in the world with an annual budget approaching $2 trillion. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring HHS meets the financial management requirements of the CFO Act of 1990, and related laws and regulations.

To accomplish the required duties and responsibilities of this position, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance and Deputy CFO engages with a variety of stakeholders by,
  • Advising the Secretary, through the Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources and CFO, on all aspects of financial management matters affecting the Department including policy, workforce, and technology topics;
  • Leading the Office of Finance, under the Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources and CFO, with a current workforce of five senior executives, approximately 80 Federal staff and 300 contractors and an annual budget exceeding $100 million;
  • Providing executive leadership and strategic direction to CFOs of our twelve Operating Divisions to meet the CFO Act requirements, provide financial accountability and advance innovation in support of the HHS mission;
  • Collaborating with HHS senior leaders in the Office of the Secretary and across Operating Divisions by chairing or serving on several governance bodies to provide the HHS financial management perspective on topics such as enterprise risk management, financial oversight and controls, systems modernization, and payment integrity; and
  • Representing the HHS CFO perspective to external stakeholders such as the White House Office of Management and Budget, Department of the Treasury, and other Federal and non-Federal organizations.
In addition to the responsibilities described above, several major duties of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance and Deputy CFO include:
  • Leading the HHS-wide CFO strategic planning effort and overseeing the implementation of priority objectives and initiatives;
  • Preparing quarterly and annual HHS consolidated financial statements, issuing the annual HHS Agency Financial Report, and coordinating the annual independent audit process;
  • Developing and overseeing implementation of financial management policies, addressing financial accounting and reporting, internal controls, financial systems, and cash, debt, and payment management;
  • Overseeing the HHS financial systems portfolio, which processes over $2 trillion in annual financial transactions;
  • Setting standards for financial systems and reporting including the design and development of Department-wide and component financial management systems;
  • Coordinating the HHS-wide implementation of the Payment Integrity Information Act to evaluate and improve the Department's payment integrity and fraud risk activities;
  • Overseeing the Department-wide annual assessment of internal controls and developing the Department's annual assurance statement; and
  • Ensuring Department-wide implementation of audit requirements for federal grant awards, and coordinating corrective actions.


Conditions of Employment

  • This employer participates in the E-Verify Program.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Subject to satisfactory security and suitability determinations.
  • New appointees must successfully complete a 1-year probationary period.
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug test; random testing after appointment.
  • This is a career position in the SES. Unless the selectee is already a member of the SES with career status or has successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program certified by OPM.
  • Executive qualifications must be approved by OPM before appointment can be effected. If you are selected, you will be responsible for working with an HHS Executive Consultant, or QRB Writer to develop an ECQ narrative for submission to OPM.
  • You must meet the qualification requirements of this position no later than the closing date of the job opportunity announcement.


As a basic requirement, applicants must demonstrate progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Mandatory/Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications listed below. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the equivalent of the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state and local government, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations. Failure to meet this basic qualification requirement and all executive and technical qualification factors will automatically exclude you from further consideration.

All competitive candidates for SES positions with the Federal Government must demonstrate leadership experience indicative of senior executive level management capability. To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show in your resume that you possess the Fundamental Competencies, five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), and the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQ's), listed below. It is recommended that your resume emphasize levels of responsibility, scope and complexity of programs managed, and program accomplishments and results.

Fundamental Competencies:

Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation.

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs):

1. Leading Change: The ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

2. Leading People: The ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

3. Results Driven: The ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

4. Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

5. Building Coalitions: The ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQ's):

This position also requires that you possess MTQ's that represent knowledge, skills, and abilities essential for success in this role. The following MTQ's must be evident in your resume.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, ability and experience in Federal accounting, budget execution, internal control, financial reporting, data analysis, systems development, and payment integrity, and not less than 6 years financial management experience at large governmental entities.
  • Demonstrated experience leading and transforming large, complex Federal financial management accountability and stewardship programs, including developing policies and successfully implementing major financial management system improvements in a decentralized organization.
  • Desired Qualifications (DQs): It is desired you have a bachelor's degree in business administration, finance, accounting or related field--or advanced degree and/or professional certification such as a certified public accountant (CPA), certified government financial manager (CGFM) or certified management accountant (CMA).

    It's STRONGLY recommended that you visit the following Office of Personnel Management (OPM) webpage for more information regarding the Fundamental Competencies and ECQs.

    IF SELECTED, you will be required to complete an ECQ package by drafting narratives for each of the ECQs and be certified by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in order to be placed in this position. If you are currently serving in a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), you WILL NOT need to draft the ECQs.

    Additional information

    Salary for Senior Executive Service positions varies depending on qualifications. The annual salary range may be found at the top of this announcement. This position may be eligible for performance bonuses and performance based pay adjustments.

    Probationary Period:

    An individual's initial SES career appointment becomes final only after the individual successfully completes a one year probationary period.

    Standards of Conduct/Financial Disclosure

    HHS inspires public confidence by maintaining high ethical principles, and all Federal Government employees are subject to the conflict of interest statutes and regulations, including the Standards of Ethical Conduct , that govern activities with outside organizations and reporting financial holdings. The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521 also requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-278 , prior to assuming the SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment.

    Security and Background Requirements

    If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees .

    Equal Opportunity Employment

    Equality is held as one of the most important values at HHS. Selection for this, and any other position, will be based solely on merit. HHS does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, age or membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors.

    If applying online poses a hardship to you, you may submit your application by contacting BreAnna Stewart .

    Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement

    Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact: BreAnna Stewart . Requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Veteran's Preference

    Veteran's Preference does not apply to the SES.

    Selective Service

    As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.