Deputy Chief Financial Officer

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Pentagon, Virginia
Oct 18, 2020
Oct 20, 2020
Full Time


The Deputy Chief Financial Officer (DCFO) is responsible for formulating, developing, and advocating Secretary of Defense policies to manage resources for the total defense program. The DCFO is the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer (USD(C)/CFO), as well as to Defense senior leaders, on all issues involving the amended CFO Act and related financial management reforms
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The incumbent manages the development, promulgation, and implementation of policies, procedures, and systems for DoD-wide programs in financial management policy and reporting (FMPR), financial management business transformation, CFO data transformation, and financial improvement and audit remediation (FIAR). Additional duties will include but are not limited to:
  • Developing, publishing, implementing, and interpreting DoD-wide accounting, finance, and audit remediation policies. Ensuring all financial policy is compliant with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Ensuring the DoD Financial Management Regulation is relevant and consistent with government accounting and auditing standards, appropriation laws, federal statutes, and regulations issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury), and the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB).
  • Annually developing and issuing the DoD consolidated agency financial report, including the financial statements and other external financial management reports, and publishing annual DoD reporting guidance. Ensuring the consolidated financial statements are presented fairly, in all material respects in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Developing, publishing, and interpreting DoD-wide financial management improvements, audit methodologies, and guidance that supports statutory requirements for the Department to audit its full set of financial statements. This includes maintaining the DoD Financial Statement Audit Guide.
  • Representing the USD(C)/CFO in interagency forums, program audits, and other matters pertaining to accounting, auditing, financial management policy, data analytics, and business transformation.
  • Maintaining the Notices of Findings and Recommendations and Corrective Action Plans database to track, report, and meter remediation progress, including for material weaknesses.
  • Leading and implementing financial business transformation efforts to achieve an optimal Defense financial management end-to-end operating environment and future state through implementation of key business systems and business process improvements that emphasize auditability, interoperability standardization, simplification, and compliance.
  • Acting as the proponent for the DoD Managers' Internal Control Program, including evaluating funds control weaknesses and overseeing annual production of the DoD Statement of Assurance for Secretary of Defense signature. Maintaining the DoD Internal Control Over Financial Reporting Guide.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
  • All newly appointed Career SES leaders must sign the Reassignment Rights Obligations Agreement as a condition of appointment into the SES.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Level 3 Financial Management Certification.
  • You must submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test before you can be appointed into this position. Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • In order to qualify for this position, you must be able to obtain a Top Secret security clearance and access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI).
  • Submit resume and all other required documents online by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on 10/19/2020
  • The individual selected will be required to file an 'Executive Branch Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-278) in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
  • You will serve a two-year probationary period unless you have previously completed the probationary period in the SES.
  • Please read the vacancy announcement in its entirety before applying.


The recruitment application process for this position is RESUME BASED method.

Evidence of five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the three Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) MUST be clearly demonstrated in the five (5) page resume

Each accomplishment should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities; the scope and complexity of the programs, activities, or services you managed; program accomplishments; policy initiatives undertaken; level of contacts; the sensitivity and criticality of the issues you addressed; and the results of your actions. You should use action oriented leadership words to describe your experience and accomplishments (e.g., Led the development and implementation of....) and quantify your experience wherever possible to demonstrate your accomplishments (e.g., number of employees supervised; size of budget managed; amount of money saved, etc.).

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.

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.

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.

ECQ 4 - Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

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.

  • Demonstrated broad knowledge of business management to include accounting, internal controls, and financial systems principles, methods and techniques. Using data analytics to improve decision making, and the ability to plan, direct, and coordinate the accomplishment of difficult and complex issues related to business management.
  • Demonstrated ingenuity, resourcefulness, and tact in working with senior representatives of other federal agencies, interagency bodies, trade associations, and/or private sector firms to achieve consensus or moderate divergent viewpoints in developing or modifying management policies.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and/or experience in analyzing financial statements and data driven management reports, identifying deficiencies, and formulating and overseeing plans to resolve deficiencies.
  • DoD Joint Enterprise-Wide Experience Statement:
    In addition, DoD requires an Enterprise Perspective. This individual must have the ability to apply a broad point of view and an awareness and understanding of individual or organizational responsibilities in relation to DoD or government-wide strategic priorities is required. Executives must demonstrate ability to work with internal and external partners to support national security objectives. This perspective is typically gained through a variety of diverse work experiences. A separate narrative statement is not required. This information should be embedded within the resume.


    Although a degree is not required for this position, educational background will be considered in the evaluation of overall qualifications for this position. Supporting documentation of education and training are not required for this position.

    Additional information

    Veterans preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service.

    Applications MUST be submitted through USAJobs.

    Submit resume online by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on 10/19/2020

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education. Your application will be evaluated by a rating and ranking panel. Highly qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check. The Office of the Secretary of Defense Executive Resources Board will review results and make recommendations on final selections to the appointing authority.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Sensitive Compartmented Information

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    1. Your resume must address your qualifications for the position and cannot exceed five pages. You do not need to submit a separate statement specifically addressing the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs), but you must show how you possess the five ECQs within the resume narrative. In addition, applicants typically provide the following information:
    • Vacancy Announcement number SES-10930049-21-VH
    • Full name, email and mailing address, and day and evening telephone numbers
    • Educational information including the name, city, and state of colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type of any degree received. Report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For more information, you may refer to the following U.S. Department of Education website: http://
    • Information about your paid and nonpaid work experience related to this position including: job title, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, duration of employment, and salary
    • Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments
    2. Copy of the Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50): Current and former career SES members must provide an SF-50 showing their status or reinstatement eligibility. Candidates who have successfully completed an Office of Personnel Management approved SES Candidate Development Program must submit a copy of their ECQ certification.

    DO NOT SUBMIT ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Extraneous materials such as award certificates will not be considered.

    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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