The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Finance and Operations is responsible for the overall direction and administration of the Department of Education's administrative management functions. The Office develops and implements administrative management priorities, policies, and procedures, and provides viewpoints and policies in the development of overall ED policies and plans. The Office coordinates its program with those of other Federal agencies, such as Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of Personnel Management (OPM), General Services Administration (GSA), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and with members of Congress.
The Office of the Assistant Secretary acts for the Secretary in the administration of the Department of Education and represents the Secretary on interagency administrative matters and other activities and functions as directed. The Office of Finance and Operations plans, develops, implements, administers, and leads Department of Education administrative management support programs including administrative services, equal employment opportunity services, human capital management, human resources services, labor management relations, management evaluations, organizational development, management directives, property administration, security services, systems analysis, interagency liaison on management regulations and standards, financial improvement and post audit operation, travel management, financial management operations, contract and acquisitions management, information technology, risk and performance management, and business data analysis.
The Office leads, manages, and provides technical assistance on the implementation of major management reform initiatives such as those mandated by the President’s Management Initiatives and the Government Performance and Results Act. The immediate office also serves as liaison on audit reports affecting OFO functions and ensures coordinated administrative oversight of the Department's various hearing bodies.
The Assistant Secretary oversees the Department's budget activities, coordinating these with the relevant Principal Offices and outside organizations such as the Congress and the Office of Management and Budget. In addition the Assistance Secretary serves as the principal adviser to the Secretary on all matters relating to policy development and review; performance measurement and evaluation; enterprise procurement Initiatives and budget formulation and execution, and budget processes and proposals.
The Office coordinates Department-wide risk management and internal control strategy to support achievement of the Department’s strategic objectives and provide assurance of efficient and effective operations, reliable reporting for internal and external use, and compliance with laws and regulations. The office performs these functions by:
- Supporting the Deputy Secretary in convening the Senior Management Council (SMC)—which serves as the primary governance body for advising the Deputy Secretary on all matters related to operations and management of Department programs, functions, and activities;
- Supporting the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Finance and Operations in convening and facilitating meetings of the Senior Assessment Team (SAT) and related working groups that contribute to the overall governance of enterprise risk management and internal control in the Department; and
- Developing and oversees implementation of Departmental policies related to enterprise risk management, internal control, and internal audit follow-up;