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The Office of Finance and Operations (OFO) is made up of the offices listed below. For guidance and resource information see the linked pages that follow each office.

Guidance documents represent the Department of Education's (Department) current thinking on a topic. They do not create or confer any rights for or on any person and do not impose any requirements beyond those required under applicable law and regulations. Guidance documents lack the force and effect of law, except as authorized by law or as incorporated into a contract.

Non-guidance information, The OMB Uniform Guidance (2 C.F.R 200) and the Education Department Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), are available at the following link: Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards – October 29, 2015.

Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary

The Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary for Finance and Operations is responsible for the overall direction and administration of the Department's administrative management functions.

Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization

The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) works as an advocate to maximize participation of small businesses in Department contracts, through outreach to the business community and partnership with Department offices to develop and implement acquisition strategies for achieving ED’s mission.

Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Services

The mission of the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Services (OEEOS) is to ensure that the Department provides equal opportunity in employment for all employees and applicants.

OEEOS guidance and other resources are available at the following document hyperlinks:

Office of Management and Planning

The Office of Management and Planning is responsible for the development and implementation of operational policies and procedures related to management and administrative functions, including direction of Office-wide management improvement initiatives. The three components of the Office of Management and Planning are 1) the Executive Office; 2) the Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA); and 3) the Office of Enterprise Data Analytics and Risk Management (OEDARM). The Office of Management and Planning is led by a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Management and Planning, who advises the OFO Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary on matters related to the three organizational units and represents the Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary at meetings, when appropriate.

Executive Office

The Executive Office serves as the principal staff of the Assistant Secretary in developing, coordinating, and implementing all internal administrative matters relating to OFO such as personnel, budget, financial management, organization, contracts, facilities, correspondence control, and business analytics to better inform decision making and support services.

Office of Hearings and Appeals

The mission of the Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) is to provide independent forums for the fair, impartial, equitable, and timely resolution of disputes involving the Department and recipients of federal education funds.

Office of Enterprise Data Analytics and Risk Management

The mission of the Office of Enterprise Data Analytics and Risk Management (OEDARM) is to deliver analytical insights that inform enterprise risk management, driving operational excellence to optimize agency performance.

OEDARM is a customer service office—serving OFO leaders and service areas internally, as well as the entire Department—with a team of content, functional, and technical experts charged with examining the critically interconnected nature of the Department’s work using an enterprise-wide lens to ensure there is coordination across processes, systems, programs, and operations. Working in flexible, dynamic, project-focused teams, OEDARM leverages the power of collaboration to enhance the Department’s key management and operational processes.

Office of Financial Management

The Office of Financial Management (OFM) is responsible for processing, reconciling, evaluating, and reporting all agency financial transactions; certifying financial transactions, producing internal financial management reports and analyses; preparing the Department’s monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements and related notes and schedules; and coordinating the external audit of the agency’s financial statements.

OFM divisions include the:

    Accounts Receivable and Bank Management Division
    Cash and Business Financial Management Services Division
    Financial Data Integrity and Financial Controls Division
    Accountability and Financial Reporting Division
    General Ledger Division
    Financial Systems Transactions and Payments Division

OFM guidance and other resources, which fall under the purview of the immediate office of the OFM Deputy Assistant Secretary, may be accessed through the following document hyperlinks:

Office of Acquisition and Grants Administration

The Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Acquisition and Grants Administration (DAS-OAGA) leads the Department of Education toward effective, efficient, and accountable Acquisition Management, enhancing the mission by building an end-to-end Acquisition Lifecycle Framework (ALF) which includes oversight, workforce development, policy development, supply chain management, business systems, and contract execution. Providing leadership strategically focused on delivering better outcomes, driving behavior changes, implementing innovative solutions for improved Program Performance leading to ED mission success. The DAS-OAGA serves as the Deputy Chief Acquisition Officer and Senior Procurement Executive (DCAO & SPE) and reports directly to the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Finance and Operations.

In addition, the DAS-OAGA develops, manages, and provides policy guidance and oversight of the Department's grant management activities and operations. The DAS-OAGA provides leadership and direction in the areas of discretionary and formula grant policy, internal control assessment for grants, grant management training, pre and post single audit resolution, risk management, technical assistance and resolution coordination, and indirect cost negotiations. The DAS-OAGA is also responsible for designating high risk grantees for the Department and is the accountable official that imposes and manages enforcement of non-procurement debarments and suspensions.

OAGA consists of the following divisions and available guidance and other resources may be accessed through the following document hyperlinks:

Office of Budget Service

The Office of Budget Service has lead responsibility for: (1) developing and implementing the Department's budget; (2) formulating budget and related legislative policies for Department programs; (3) presenting the Department's budget and related policy proposals to the public and Congress; (4) establishing and maintaining a Department wide performance-based budget formulation, execution, and management system; and (5) reviewing and analyzing Department program operations, including budget and policy implementation.

OBS consists of the following divisions:

    Budget Policy and Coordination Division Cost Estimation and Analysis Division
    Budget Execution and Administrative Analysis Division Special Education
    Rehabilitation Research and Postsecondary Analysis Division
    Elementary, Secondary and Vocational Analysis Division

Office of Human Resources

The Office of Human Resources (OHR) provides leadership and direction in the formulation and implementation of policies, programs, and systems to promote efficient and effective federal workforce management and provides operational support for the lifecycle of employment for employees of the Department.

OHR consists of the following divisions:

    Human Capital Policy and Accountability Division
    Executive Resources Division
    Workforce Relations Division
    Talent Development Division
    Recruitment, Staffing and Compensation Division
    Human Capital Strategy Division

Office of Security, Facilities and Logistics

The Office of Security, Facilities and Logistics (OSFL) oversees the Department’s physical, personnel, classified information security programs as well as oversight of the Department’s Continuity of Operations Program.

OSFLS consists of the following divisions and available guidance and other resources may be accessed through the document  hyperlinks that follow:

Office of Business Support Services

The Office of Business Support Services (OBSS) is responsible for all IT activities that affect the Office of Finance and Operations (OFO) systems, services, or applications (SYSTEMS) that are operating on the Department’s hosted platform (PIVOT-H), commercial shared services platforms, or Federal shared services platforms.

OBSS consists of the following divisions and available guidance and other resources may be accessed through the document hyperlinks that follow:



   
Last Modified: 04/15/2022