Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Chief Budget Officer

Washington, D.C
Sep 18, 2020
Sep 26, 2020
Executive, Chief
Full Time


The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Chief Budget Officer serves as the deputy manager, integrator, consultant and advisor on all FHWA financial management and budgetary matters, including the availability of appropriations and allocation of Federal-aid and other highway program funds, audit issues, financial management initiatives, and any matter that could affect financial resources of FHWA.

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The Deputy Chief Financial Officer (DCFO) and Chief Budget Officer (CBO) participates with the FHWA Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in providing executive direction and leadership to a comprehensive financial management program for ensuring the effective operation of the budget process, proper utilization of, and accounting for, FHWA's resources, and the up-to-date information on the status of program funds.

As the Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Chief Budget Officer, you will:

• Assist the CFO as a manager and integrator for all levels of FHWA management on budget and financial matters. The incumbent helps to plan, administer, and coordinate FHWA programs and program planning related to the budget process. Develop and apply financial management policies and procedures in budgetary development, formulation, presentation, and execution. Allocate and administer fiscal and ceiling controls of personnel and other FHWA measurable resources.

• In concert with the CFO, serve as the FHWA gateway and point of contact for all financial audit issues and findings. Work with the Inspector General, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and contracted auditors to address and resolve material weaknesses and reportable conditions.

• Provide executive leadership, direction and management in the development and administration of a system of accounting for the resources and programs of FHWA. Establish budget, financial and accounting policies and procedures and provide financial and accounting services in support of headquarters operations as well as accounting and resource guidance to the FHWA field officers. Manage and ensure adequate internal control throughout the financial management process. Develop and conduct continuing analyses and evaluations of financial and budget program effectiveness and adequacy both at Headquarters and the field offices. Provide advice and assistance to FHWA field offices in their financial, internal control accounting operations.

• Deliver executive leadership and guidance in the cooperative development and improvement of Division and State financial management. Provide staff assistance to State officials and other professional groups with objectives and interests that coincide with or are supportive of FHWA goals and objectives in Federal-State financial management improvement.

• In cooperation with the Office of the Secretary of Transportation, provide executive leadership in the development and use of innovative transportation finance practices, and administer highway elements of such programs.

• Direct, coordinate, and provide all levels of FHWA management with up-to-date information on the status of highway program funds, apportionments and allocations of Federal-aid. Interpret and evaluate program progress and plans. Execute, administer and control the Highway Trust Fund financing.

The ideal candidate for this position will possess demonstrated experience providing engaged and inclusive leadership and a proven track record of motivating others to successfully accomplish mission objectives. Are you up to the challenge?

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel is required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Provide all required documents by closing date.

  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: Complete a one-year SES probationary period (unless already completed).
  • FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Complete a Public Financial Disclosure report, OGE-278. You will need to provide the information annually.


As a basic requirement for entry into the Senior Executive Service (SES), you must clearly articulate and describe within your five (5) page resume evidence of progressively responsible supervisory, managerial, or professional experience which involved management of a program or organization of significant scope and complexity. Your resume must provide information regarding your professional experience and accomplishments that demonstrate your ability to perform the duties of this position and meet the mandatory Technical Qualification(s) and Managerial Executive Core Qualifications listed below.

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQs): Below are the descriptions of the mandatory technical qualifications for this position. Your your five (5) page resume must provide information regarding your professional experience and accomplishments that demonstrate you meet these technical qualifications.

1. Demonstrated knowledge of, and experience with the CFO Act, the Government Performance and Results Act, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-11 and the end-to-end Federal Budgeting process, compliance with Federal Financial Management Improvement Act, Federal Managers' Financial Integrity Act, OMB Circular A-123, and all federal financial practices and principles.

2. Demonstrated knowledge of, and experience with multiple fund types including various appropriations, working capital/revolving funds, credit/loan accounts, and in addressing and resolving complex budget formulation and budget execution issues and/or complex financial audit issues and findings.

3. Extensive experience leading a staff responsible for a range of financial management functions to include budgeting, accounting, audits, and/or developing creative and innovative solutions to complex financial problems.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): Below are descriptions of the mandatory ECQs that are required for all SES positions. Your five (5) page resume must provide information regarding your professional experience and accomplishments that demonstrate you meet the 5 ECQs.

ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE: This core qualification involves 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. Leadership Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision
ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE: This core qualification involves 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. Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building
ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN: This core qualification involves 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. Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility
ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management
ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS: This core qualification involves 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. Leadership Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating

FUNDAMENTAL COMPETENCIES: The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Written Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation.

Additional information about the SES and Executive Core Qualifications can be found on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) SES Website .

You are strongly encouraged to review OPMs Guide to SES Qualifications for specific examples and guidance on writing effective ECQ narrative statements and executive resumes.


Additional information

Retirement/Pension Plan - You will be covered by a defined benefit, contributory Federal retirement system that provides benefits for both normal retirement (with as few as 5 years of civilian service) and for circumstances that might occur earlier, such involuntary retirement because of disability.

Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) - You may participate in a retirement savings investment plan that offers before-tax savings and tax-deferred investment earnings. For more details, please visit the TSP website

Employee Assistance - Employees and their immediate families can take advantage of free confidential counseling with health professionals as part of the Federal Employees Assistance Program.

Transit Benefits - We subsidize up to $255 of mass transit commuting costs each month.

Telework - Determined by agency policy.

Information related to performance, suitability, and security will be verified. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

An SES reviewing panel will evaluate your application based on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education. Applicants determined to be highly qualified may undergo an interview and a reference check and and may also be asked to submit a written 10-page narrative statement addressing each of the ECQ areas. If you are contacted for a second-round interview, you may be asked to submit a written narrative statement addressing each of the ECQ areas (Leading Change, Leading People, Results Driven, Business Acumen, Building Coalitions). If selected, your written narrative statement addressing the ECQs must be certified by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB), unless you are a current SES executive or have successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program. You must receive certification before you can be appointed to the position.

All applications must be completed and submitted electronically no later than midnight ET of the closing date. Final reviews will be performed after the announcement closing, and timely notice of the status of your application will be emailed to you. You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and selecting Application Status.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

The following documents must be provided by the closing date:
  • RESUME - You must submit a resume which cannot exceed five (5) pages. Any information submitted in excess of five (5) pages WILL NOT be considered. The resume must provide evidence (such as related professional experience and accomplishments) that demonstrate you possess the technical qualifications and the 5 ECQs. Include name on each page. No photos allowed.
  • COVER LETTER - You should submit a one-page cover letter highlighting key experience and interest in the position advertised.
  • SF-50 - Current & former federal employees should submit an SF-50 which shows your current (or most recent grade). DO NOT submit an award SF-50 as these often do not verify grade or eligibility. For consideration for a promotion, Box 4 of the SF-50 must show a date that is at least 52 weeks prior to the job announcement closing. We recommend submitting your last promotion SF-50, current SF-50 or within-grade increase SF-50.
  • Current Career Senior Executives and individuals with SES reinstatement eligibility must submit a copy of an SF-50 which shows career SES status
  • CANDIDATE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM CERTIFICATE - individuals who have successfully completed an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved SES Candidate Development Program, submit a copy of your OPM certificate.

Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the announcement will result in your removal from consideration for this position.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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