Secretary's Order 02-2018-Authority and Responsibilities for Implementation of the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 and Related Legislation, 24502-24505 [2018-11123]

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The DOL is particularly interested in comments that: • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; • Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and • Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. Agency: DOL–ETA. Type of Review: Revision. Title of Collection: PreApprenticeship—Pathways to Success. Form: Pre-Apprenticeship—Contact and Program Information. OMB Control Number: 1205–0520. Affected Public: Private sector (businesses or other for-profits and notfor-profit institutions), secondary and post-secondary institutions. Estimated Number of Respondents: 100. Frequency: Annually. Total Estimated Annual Responses: 100. Estimated Average Time per Response: 21 minutes per entry. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 43 hours. Total Estimated Annual Other Cost Burden: $763. Rosemary Lahasky, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Employment and Training Administration. [FR Doc. 2018–11462 Filed 5–25–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FR–P daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Secretary’s Order 02–2018—Authority and Responsibilities for Implementation of the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 and Related Legislation 1. Purpose. To delegate authority and assign responsibilities for VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:39 May 25, 2018 Jkt 244001 implementation of the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 and related legislation. 2. Authorities and Directives Affected. A. Authorities 1. Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990, as amended (Pub. L. 101–576) 2. Federal Managers’ Financial Integrity Act of 1982 (Pub. L. 97–255) 3. Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (Pub. L. 103–62) 4. Government Management Reform Act of 1994 (Pub. L. 103–356) 5. Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104–106, Division E) 6. Federal Financial Management Improvement Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104–208, Title VIII) 7. Reports Consolidation Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106–531) 8. Improper Payments Information Act of 2002 (Pub. L. 107–300) 9. Accountability of Tax Dollars Act of 2002 (Pub. L. 107–289) 10. 29 U.S.C. 563, 563a, and 564, authorizing the Working Capital Fund at the Department of Labor 11. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular No. A–11, Preparation, Submission and Execution of the Budget (July 1, 2016) 12. OMB Circular No. A–123, Management’s Responsibility for Internal Control (July 15, 2016) 13. OMB Circular No. A–134, Financial Accounting Principles and Standards (May 20, 1993) 14. OMB Circular No. A–136, Financial Reporting Requirements (October 7, 2016) 15. Budget Enforcement Act of 1990 (Pub. L. 101–508, Title VIII), as amended 16. Congressional Budget Act of 1974 17. Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985; 18. 31 U.S.C. Chapter 11 B. Directives Affected 1. Secretary’s Order 02–2017 is superseded and canceled. 2. This Order does not affect Secretary’s Order 14–2006, Internal Control Program (June 20, 2006). 3. Directives inconsistent with this Order are rescinded to the extent of the inconsistency. 3. Background and Organization. The Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990, as part of overall Federal financial management reforms, mandated the establishment of a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Deputy Chief Financial Officer in all Cabinet-level Federal agencies, including the Department of Labor (DOL). The CFO is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate, and by statute PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 reports directly to the Secretary. The Deputy CFO is a career-reserved position in the Senior Executive Service who reports directly to the CFO. The CFO heads the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), which has such component organization units, staffing, and funding as are authorized. 4. Delegation of Authority. As specified in the CFO Act, at 31 U.S.C. 902, and as detailed in Paragraph 5 of this Order, the Chief Financial Officer is delegated authority to oversee the financial management functions of the Department. 5. Assignment of Responsibilities to the Chief Financial Officer A. As required by the CFO Act, the CFO shall— 1. Report directly to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary regarding financial management matters; 2. Oversee all financial management activities relating to the programs and operations of the Department; 3. Develop and maintain an integrated Departmental accounting and financial management system, including financial reporting and internal controls, which— a. Complies with applicable accounting principles, standards, and requirements, and internal control standards; b. Complies with such policies and requirements as may be prescribed by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget; c. Complies with any other requirements applicable to such systems; and d. Provides for— 1. Complete, reliable, consistent, and timely information which is prepared on a uniform basis and which is responsive to the financial information needs of Departmental management; 2. The development and reporting of cost information; 3. The integration of accounting and budgeting information; and 4. The systematic measurement of financial performance. 4. Make recommendations to the Secretary regarding the selection of the Deputy Chief Financial Officer of the Department, who will have the qualifications outlined in the CFO Act at 31 U.S.C. 903; 5. Direct, manage, and provide policy guidance and oversight of Departmental financial management personnel, activities, and operations, including— a. The preparation and annual revision of a Departmental plan to— 1. Implement the 5-year financial management plan prepared by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget under 31 U.S.C. 3512(a)(3); and E:\FR\FM\29MYN1.SGM 29MYN1 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 103 / Tuesday, May 29, 2018 / Notices 2. Comply with the requirements for financial statements and audits established under 31 U.S.C. 3515, 3521(e), and 3521(f); b. The development of Departmental financial management budgets; c. The recruitment, selection, and training of personnel to carry out Departmental financial management functions; d. The approval and management of Departmental financial management systems design or enhancement projects; e. The implementation of Departmental asset management systems, including systems for cash management, credit management, debt collection, and property and inventory management and control; f. Prepare and transmit an annual report to the Secretary and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, consistent with the requirements of OMB Circular No. A– 136, which shall include— 1. A description and analysis of the status of financial management of the Department; 2. The annual financial statements prepared under 31 U.S.C. 3515; 3. The audit report transmitted to the Secretary under 31 U.S.C. 3521(f); 4. A summary of the reports on internal accounting and administrative control systems submitted to the President and the Congress under the amendments made by the Federal Managers’ Financial Integrity Act of 1982 (Pub. L. 97–255); and 5. Other information the Secretary considers appropriate to fully inform the President and the Congress concerning the financial management of the Department; 6. Monitor the financial execution of the budget of the Department in relation to actual expenditures and prepare and submit to the Secretary timely financial performance reports; and 7. Review, on a biennial basis, the fees, royalties, rents, and other charges imposed by the Department for services and things of value it provides, and make recommendations on revising those charges to reflect costs incurred by it in providing those services and things of value. B. The CFO will have the following additional responsibilities: 1. Budget Execution a. Monitor the financial execution of the budget of the Department in relation to actual expenditures, and prepare and submit to the Secretary timely financial performance reports. b. Provide leadership, direction, coordination, and related services concerning budget execution for the Department and its component agencies. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:39 May 25, 2018 Jkt 244001 c. Participate with Departmental Agency heads and other staff at a policy and decision-making level in the Departmental budget execution review process. d. Review the budget requests for all Departmental and component agency financial management functions; recommend to the Secretary their modification as necessary to ensure that appropriate resources are requested to effectively and efficiently perform necessary financial and related functions. e. Manage and oversee the Department’s administrative control of funds from the time funds are allotted to the DOL agencies. 2. Policy Duties a. Develop and promulgate accounting and financial management policies for DOL and its component agencies, and review and approve component agency financial policies, procedures, and structures for adherence to the policies of DOL and other Federal agencies. b. Ensure compliance throughout DOL, and its component agencies, with applicable accounting standards and principles, and financial information and system functional standards, including the standards promulgated by the Federal Accounting Systems Advisory Board, the Federal Government’s Standard General Ledger, the core requirements for financial systems, and the financial statement form and content guidance issued by OMB. c. Exercise overall responsibility for the Department’s compliance with FMFIA and for the Department’s fiscal integrity; serve on the Department’s Internal Control Board; report directly to the Secretary on internal control matters; carry out the responsibilities specified in Secretary’s Order 14–2006, Internal Control Program, for the CFO and the Internal Control Principal for financial systems and mixed systems that are significantly financial. d. Ensure adequate controls are in place over asset management, including cash management operations, credit management and debt collection operations, and real property, equipment, and inventories. e. Participate with Departmental Agency heads and other staff in the policy review of proposed legislative and program initiatives from a financial management perspective. f. Ensure that component agencies gather timely and accurate financial information to manage and oversee major procurements. g. Develop policies and procedures for investigating potential violations of the Anti-Deficiency Act; working under PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 24503 policies established by the CFO, and in cooperation with the ASAM and the Solicitor of Labor, notify the Secretary of Anti-Deficiency Act violations, and transmit agency reports of AntiDeficiency Act violations to the Secretary for transmittal to the President, Congress, OMB, and the Government Accountability Office, as applicable. 3. Financial Systems Duties a. Review and approve the design and operation of component agency financial, accounting, and asset systems, specifically including the financial aspects of grant management systems, debt collection systems, and other systems defined by FFMIA. b. Provide oversight of, and issue core requirements and standards related to, component agency financial systems, activities, and operations, including preparation and revision of agency financial management plans and financial performance reports. c. In coordination with the ASAM, establish policies, procedures, and other guidelines to prescribe the form, content, and frequency of accounting information to be reported from component agency systems to meet DOL and central Federal agency information requirements. d. Participate in the review and approval process of information systems that provide, at least in part, financial and/or program performance data. e. In consultation with the Chief Information Officer (CIO), ensure that the accounting, financial, asset management, and other information systems of the Department are designed, developed, maintained, and used effectively to provide financial or program performance data for financial statements of the Department. f. Ensure, in consultation with the CIO, that program information systems provide financial, budget, and programmatic data on a reliable, consistent, and timely basis to agency financial management systems. g. Recommend to the Secretary any information resource management and budget decisions affecting financial management processes, systems, and operations. h. Consult with the CIO to ensure sufficient oversight and security exist to maintain the integrity of information systems that affect the preparation and presentation of the Department’s financial statements. 4. External Reporting Duties a. Prepare the financial management components of the annual Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) for transmittal to the Secretary and the Director of OMB. The PAR will meet the E:\FR\FM\29MYN1.SGM 29MYN1 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES 24504 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 103 / Tuesday, May 29, 2018 / Notices requirements of OMB Circular No. A– 136, and shall include, in part— 1. A description and analysis of the status of financial management of the Department; 2. The Department’s annual financial statements and accounting reports, including, where appropriate, pertinent performance measures; 3. The audit report transmitted to the Secretary; 4. The annual report required to be submitted to the President and the Congress under the FMFIA; 5. The report required by the Improper Payments Information Act; 6. The Management Assurance Statement required by OMB Circular No. A–123; 7. The annual financial management report required by the Chief Financial Officers Act; and 8. Other information the Secretary considers appropriate to fully inform the President and the Congress concerning the financial management of the Department. b. Prepare the semi-annual audit resolution reports required by the Amendments to the Inspector General Act. c. Coordinate and manage financial management reporting requirements as may be imposed by OMB, the Department of the Treasury, other central Federal agencies, and Congress. d. In coordination with the ASAM and Agency heads, develop reporting mechanisms that integrate program performance and financial data, and facilitate the display of such data in budget documents, financial statements, and other pertinent communications. e. In consultation with the CIO, ensure financial statements support: 1. Assessments and revisions of mission-related and administrative processes of the Department; and 2. Measurement of the performance of investments made by the Department in information systems. 5. Financial Management Personnel Duties a. Provide oversight of, and issue core requirements and standards related to, component agency financial management personnel. b. Provide policy advice and assistance to DOL executives, including component agency heads, on all personnel matters affecting financial management personnel throughout the DOL and its component agencies, and on budget and staffing levels for component agency financial functions. c. Review all proposed personnel selections, skill requirements, performance standards, and position descriptions for financial management VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:39 May 25, 2018 Jkt 244001 personnel at the GS–15 level and above throughout the DOL and its component agencies; discuss any problems with the component agency head and appeal any unresolved issue to the Secretary through the Deputy Secretary. d. Manage a comprehensive training and development program for budget analysts, accountants, financial managers, and financial technicians; ensure that staff skills are commensurate with requirements; and implement a Continuing Professional Education (or similar) program. 6. Financial Programmatic Duties a. Manage Departmental programs on audit resolution, travel management, cash management, debt collection, asset management, and financial management activities. b. Manage centralized Departmental accounting functions for fund and cost accounting, capitalized assets accounting, grant accounting, DOL employee compensation and benefits, and voucher, commercial bill, and other payments. c. Exercise Departmental approval authority over interagency transactions involving component agency program funds, such as for investment or transfer. d. Establish and chair a CFO Advisory Council within DOL to provide a forum for component organizations to advise and support the CFO in matters affecting the financial community. The Advisory Council will facilitate the dissemination of financial policies established by the CFO to component agencies. e. Execute a Working Capital Fund (WCF), formulated by the ASAM, and related accounts offering, as appropriate and advantageous to the Department, a comprehensive program of centralized services funded by customer agency reimbursements in advance. f. Provide technical reviews of finance offices in the DOL and its component agencies, and oversee component agency financial systems as defined in the FFMIA. g. Appraise centralized and decentralized operations and organizations to determine more effective and cost-efficient methods of performing required financial functions. h. Serve as the Department’s Improper Payment Reduction Coordinator, with responsibilities including, but not limited to: 1. Coordinating the establishment of policies and procedures for assessing Departmental, component agency, and program risks of improper payments; 2. Coordinating Departmental, component agency, and program PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 management actions to reduce improper payments. These duties include: i. Assigning responsibility for specific areas of improper payment-related activities to appropriate component agency, program, or activity officials; ii. Coordinating the development of detailed action plans to determine the nature and extent of possible improper payments for all DOL programs and activities spending Federal funds; iii. Assisting component agency and program management in identifying cost-effective control activities to address identified risk areas; iv. Assisting component agency and program management in establishing improper payment reduction goals or targets and measuring performance against those goals to determine progress made and areas needing additional action; v. Developing procedures for working with OMB and the Congress to address barriers encountered that inhibit actions to reduce improper payments; and vi. Coordinating periodic reporting, through publicly available documents, to the Secretary, OMB, and the Congress on the progress made in achieving improper payment reduction targets and future action plans for controlling improper payments. 3. Providing a quarterly status report to the Deputy Secretary on Departmental activities to identify and reduce improper payments. C. In addition to the authority otherwise provided in this Order, the CFO— 1. Shall have access to all records, reports, audits, reviews, documents, papers, recommendations, or other materials which are the property of the Department or which are available to the Department, and which relate to programs and operations with respect to which the CFO has responsibilities; 2. May request such information or assistance as may be necessary for carrying out the duties and responsibilities provided by this Order from any Federal, State, or local governmental entity; and 3. To the extent and in such amounts as may be provided in advance by appropriations Acts, may— a. Enter into contracts and other arrangements with public agencies and with private persons for the preparation of financial statements, studies, analyses, and other services; and b. Make such payments as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this Order. 6. Assignment of Responsibilities to Other Individuals A. Unless modified by this Order, the heads of component Agencies retain E:\FR\FM\29MYN1.SGM 29MYN1 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 103 / Tuesday, May 29, 2018 / Notices previously delegated responsibilities and authority. In the context of the Department’s financial management program, they are specifically charged with the responsibility to— 1. In consultation with the CFO and the CIO, define program information needs and develop strategies, systems, and capabilities to meet those needs. 2. Perform transaction and operational level financial functions in accordance with policies, requirements, and procedures established by the CFO. 3. Direct financial staffs and functions in their respective component agencies consistent with those policies and procedures established by the CFO. 4. Facilitate the CFO’s oversight responsibilities with respect to financial operations and component agency program financial systems by providing and maintaining system documentation, audit trails, summary or detailed transaction data, and such other information as the CFO may require. 5. Fully solicit, consider, and cooperate with the CFO in the review of proposed appointment, promotion, and other personnel actions affecting financial management staff at the GS–15 level and above. 6. Manage grants, procurement, property, debt management/accounts receivable, and other management systems for their respective component agencies, in a manner consistent with the CFO’s responsibilities prescribed in this Order. B. The Inspector General— 1. Retains full responsibility for previously-delegated budget and financial management activities pertaining to his or her own office, but will participate with the CFO in integrating such delegated assignments with the overall financial management program of the Department. 2. Will participate, where appropriate, in joint reviews with the CFO of selected financial management functions, operations, and systems. 3. Will participate with the CFO in the resolution of audit issues, findings, and recommendations, including those involved in the annual financial statements, consistent with its statutory responsibilities for managing an audit program. C. The Solicitor of Labor is responsible for providing legal advice and assistance to the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, CFO, and all other Department of Labor officials who are assigned responsibilities for implementation of this Order, except as provided in Secretary’s Order 4–2006 with respect to the Office of Inspector General. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:39 May 25, 2018 Jkt 244001 7. Communications. In consonance with the assignments of responsibility above, the Office of the Chief Financial Officer shall ensure that the Agency Administrative Officers are apprised of communications to component agency financial staff. Similarly, component agencies shall keep the Chief Financial Officer apprised of directives and other communications affecting their financial staff. 8. Reservations of Authority A. Unless otherwise stated in this Order, the submission of reports and recommendations to the President and the Congress concerning the administration of statutory or administrative provisions is reserved to the Secretary. B. Except as provided in Paragraph (5)(D)(1), this Order does not provide to the CFO any access greater than permitted under any other law to records, reports, audits, reviews, documents, papers, recommendations, or other material of the Office of Inspector General. 9. Redelegations and Transfers of Authority. Unless provided otherwise in this or another Secretary’s Order, the authority delegated in this Order may be redelegated or transferred, as permitted by law or regulation. 10. Effective Date. This Order is effective May 27, 2018. Dated: May 14, 2018. R. Alexander Acosta, Secretary of Labor. [FR Doc. 2018–11123 Filed 5–25–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–04–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Secretary’s Order 03–2018—Delegation of Authorities and Assignment of Responsibilities to the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management 1. Purpose. To consolidate the delegations of authority and assignments of responsibility to the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management (ASAM) and to codify other existing delegations not otherwise the subject of a Secretary’s Order. 2. Directives Affected. A. This Order repeals and supersedes Secretary’s Order 03–2017 (Delegation and Assignment of Responsibilities to the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management). B. The following Secretary’s Order is referenced herein and remains in effect: 2–2009 (Delegation of Authority and Assignment of Responsibility to the Chief Acquisition Officer and Assistant PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 24505 Secretary for Administration and Management, and Related Matters). C. This Order does not affect the authorities and responsibilities assigned by any other Secretary’s Order, including without limitation 9–1989 (Data Integrity Board), 5–2001 (MRB), 1– 2006 (Emergency Management) and 6– 2006 (Regional Executive Committees), unless otherwise expressly so provided in this or another Order. 3. Authority. This Order is issued pursuant to various authorities detailed by subject area below: A. Budget. The Budget Enforcement Act of 1990, as amended; the Congressional Budget Act of 1994; the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985; 31 U.S.C. Chapter 11; Office of Management and Budget Circular No. A–11, ‘‘Preparation, Submission, and Execution of the Budget.’’ B. Performance Management. The Government Performance and Results Act of 1993, as amended, Public Law 103–62; The Reports Consolidation Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106–531); The Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) of 2014, 44 U.S.C. 3551 et seq.; OMB Circular No. A–11, Part 6, ‘‘Preparation and Submission of Strategic Plans, Annual Performance Plans, and Annual Program Performance Reports.’’ C. Employee Safety and Occupational Health and Workers’ Compensation Program. Section 19 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970; Federal Employees’ Compensation Act; Executive Order 12196, as amended by Executive Order 12223; 20 CFR 10; 29 CFR, Part 1960; 5 U.S.C. 7901, et. seq. D. Operation and Maintenance of Departmental Buildings. Section 2 of Reorganization Plan No. 18 of 1950, 5 U.S.C. 901; the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949, 40 U.S.C. 581; ‘‘the Brooks Act’’, 40 U.S.C. 1101 et seq.; Public Building Act of 1959, as amended, 40 U.S.C. 601–611; 40 U.S.C. 3305; The Uniform Relocation and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 as amended, 46 U.S.C. 4601 et seq.; Public Buildings Cooperative Use Act of 1976, Public Law 94–541; Rural Development Act of 1972, Public Law 92–419, as amended by Section 636 of Division F of Public Law 108–199; Surface Transportation and Uniform Relocation Assistance Act of 1987 (101 Stat. 132); Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, Public Law 110– 140; Executive Orders 12072, 12411, 13006, and 13327; Federal Property Management Regulations, 41 CFR Chapter 101; Federal Management Regulations, 41 CFR 102. E:\FR\FM\29MYN1.SGM 29MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR


Secretary's Order 02-2018--Authority and Responsibilities for 
Implementation of the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 and Related 
Legislation

    1. Purpose. To delegate authority and assign responsibilities for 
implementation of the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 and related 
legislation.
    2. Authorities and Directives Affected.
    A. Authorities

1. Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990, as amended (Pub. L. 101-576)
2. Federal Managers' Financial Integrity Act of 1982 (Pub. L. 97-255)
3. Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (Pub. L. 103-62)
4. Government Management Reform Act of 1994 (Pub. L. 103-356)
5. Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-106, Division E)
6. Federal Financial Management Improvement Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-
208, Title VIII)
7. Reports Consolidation Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106-531)
8. Improper Payments Information Act of 2002 (Pub. L. 107-300)
9. Accountability of Tax Dollars Act of 2002 (Pub. L. 107-289)
10. 29 U.S.C. 563, 563a, and 564, authorizing the Working Capital Fund 
at the Department of Labor
11. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular No. A-11, 
Preparation, Submission and Execution of the Budget (July 1, 2016)
12. OMB Circular No. A-123, Management's Responsibility for Internal 
Control (July 15, 2016)
13. OMB Circular No. A-134, Financial Accounting Principles and 
Standards (May 20, 1993)
14. OMB Circular No. A-136, Financial Reporting Requirements (October 
7, 2016)
15. Budget Enforcement Act of 1990 (Pub. L. 101-508, Title VIII), as 
amended
16. Congressional Budget Act of 1974
17. Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985;
18. 31 U.S.C. Chapter 11

    B. Directives Affected
    1. Secretary's Order 02-2017 is superseded and canceled.
    2. This Order does not affect Secretary's Order 14-2006, Internal 
Control Program (June 20, 2006).
    3. Directives inconsistent with this Order are rescinded to the 
extent of the inconsistency.
    3. Background and Organization. The Chief Financial Officers Act of 
1990, as part of overall Federal financial management reforms, mandated 
the establishment of a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Deputy Chief 
Financial Officer in all Cabinet-level Federal agencies, including the 
Department of Labor (DOL). The CFO is appointed by the President and 
confirmed by the Senate, and by statute reports directly to the 
Secretary. The Deputy CFO is a career-reserved position in the Senior 
Executive Service who reports directly to the CFO. The CFO heads the 
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), which has such component 
organization units, staffing, and funding as are authorized.
    4. Delegation of Authority. As specified in the CFO Act, at 31 
U.S.C. 902, and as detailed in Paragraph 5 of this Order, the Chief 
Financial Officer is delegated authority to oversee the financial 
management functions of the Department.
    5. Assignment of Responsibilities to the Chief Financial Officer
    A. As required by the CFO Act, the CFO shall--
    1. Report directly to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary regarding 
financial management matters;
    2. Oversee all financial management activities relating to the 
programs and operations of the Department;
    3. Develop and maintain an integrated Departmental accounting and 
financial management system, including financial reporting and internal 
controls, which--
    a. Complies with applicable accounting principles, standards, and 
requirements, and internal control standards;
    b. Complies with such policies and requirements as may be 
prescribed by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget;
    c. Complies with any other requirements applicable to such systems; 
and
    d. Provides for--
    1. Complete, reliable, consistent, and timely information which is 
prepared on a uniform basis and which is responsive to the financial 
information needs of Departmental management;
    2. The development and reporting of cost information;
    3. The integration of accounting and budgeting information; and
    4. The systematic measurement of financial performance.
    4. Make recommendations to the Secretary regarding the selection of 
the Deputy Chief Financial Officer of the Department, who will have the 
qualifications outlined in the CFO Act at 31 U.S.C. 903;
    5. Direct, manage, and provide policy guidance and oversight of 
Departmental financial management personnel, activities, and 
operations, including--
    a. The preparation and annual revision of a Departmental plan to--
    1. Implement the 5-year financial management plan prepared by the 
Director of the Office of Management and Budget under 31 U.S.C. 
3512(a)(3); and

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    2. Comply with the requirements for financial statements and audits 
established under 31 U.S.C. 3515, 3521(e), and 3521(f);
    b. The development of Departmental financial management budgets;
    c. The recruitment, selection, and training of personnel to carry 
out Departmental financial management functions;
    d. The approval and management of Departmental financial management 
systems design or enhancement projects;
    e. The implementation of Departmental asset management systems, 
including systems for cash management, credit management, debt 
collection, and property and inventory management and control;
    f. Prepare and transmit an annual report to the Secretary and the 
Director of the Office of Management and Budget, consistent with the 
requirements of OMB Circular No. A-136, which shall include--
    1. A description and analysis of the status of financial management 
of the Department;
    2. The annual financial statements prepared under 31 U.S.C. 3515;
    3. The audit report transmitted to the Secretary under 31 U.S.C. 
3521(f);
    4. A summary of the reports on internal accounting and 
administrative control systems submitted to the President and the 
Congress under the amendments made by the Federal Managers' Financial 
Integrity Act of 1982 (Pub. L. 97-255); and
    5. Other information the Secretary considers appropriate to fully 
inform the President and the Congress concerning the financial 
management of the Department;
    6. Monitor the financial execution of the budget of the Department 
in relation to actual expenditures and prepare and submit to the 
Secretary timely financial performance reports; and
    7. Review, on a biennial basis, the fees, royalties, rents, and 
other charges imposed by the Department for services and things of 
value it provides, and make recommendations on revising those charges 
to reflect costs incurred by it in providing those services and things 
of value.
    B. The CFO will have the following additional responsibilities:
    1. Budget Execution
    a. Monitor the financial execution of the budget of the Department 
in relation to actual expenditures, and prepare and submit to the 
Secretary timely financial performance reports.
    b. Provide leadership, direction, coordination, and related 
services concerning budget execution for the Department and its 
component agencies.
    c. Participate with Departmental Agency heads and other staff at a 
policy and decision-making level in the Departmental budget execution 
review process.
    d. Review the budget requests for all Departmental and component 
agency financial management functions; recommend to the Secretary their 
modification as necessary to ensure that appropriate resources are 
requested to effectively and efficiently perform necessary financial 
and related functions.
    e. Manage and oversee the Department's administrative control of 
funds from the time funds are allotted to the DOL agencies.
    2. Policy Duties
    a. Develop and promulgate accounting and financial management 
policies for DOL and its component agencies, and review and approve 
component agency financial policies, procedures, and structures for 
adherence to the policies of DOL and other Federal agencies.
    b. Ensure compliance throughout DOL, and its component agencies, 
with applicable accounting standards and principles, and financial 
information and system functional standards, including the standards 
promulgated by the Federal Accounting Systems Advisory Board, the 
Federal Government's Standard General Ledger, the core requirements for 
financial systems, and the financial statement form and content 
guidance issued by OMB.
    c. Exercise overall responsibility for the Department's compliance 
with FMFIA and for the Department's fiscal integrity; serve on the 
Department's Internal Control Board; report directly to the Secretary 
on internal control matters; carry out the responsibilities specified 
in Secretary's Order 14-2006, Internal Control Program, for the CFO and 
the Internal Control Principal for financial systems and mixed systems 
that are significantly financial.
    d. Ensure adequate controls are in place over asset management, 
including cash management operations, credit management and debt 
collection operations, and real property, equipment, and inventories.
    e. Participate with Departmental Agency heads and other staff in 
the policy review of proposed legislative and program initiatives from 
a financial management perspective.
    f. Ensure that component agencies gather timely and accurate 
financial information to manage and oversee major procurements.
    g. Develop policies and procedures for investigating potential 
violations of the Anti-Deficiency Act; working under policies 
established by the CFO, and in cooperation with the ASAM and the 
Solicitor of Labor, notify the Secretary of Anti-Deficiency Act 
violations, and transmit agency reports of Anti-Deficiency Act 
violations to the Secretary for transmittal to the President, Congress, 
OMB, and the Government Accountability Office, as applicable.
    3. Financial Systems Duties
    a. Review and approve the design and operation of component agency 
financial, accounting, and asset systems, specifically including the 
financial aspects of grant management systems, debt collection systems, 
and other systems defined by FFMIA.
    b. Provide oversight of, and issue core requirements and standards 
related to, component agency financial systems, activities, and 
operations, including preparation and revision of agency financial 
management plans and financial performance reports.
    c. In coordination with the ASAM, establish policies, procedures, 
and other guidelines to prescribe the form, content, and frequency of 
accounting information to be reported from component agency systems to 
meet DOL and central Federal agency information requirements.
    d. Participate in the review and approval process of information 
systems that provide, at least in part, financial and/or program 
performance data.
    e. In consultation with the Chief Information Officer (CIO), ensure 
that the accounting, financial, asset management, and other information 
systems of the Department are designed, developed, maintained, and used 
effectively to provide financial or program performance data for 
financial statements of the Department.
    f. Ensure, in consultation with the CIO, that program information 
systems provide financial, budget, and programmatic data on a reliable, 
consistent, and timely basis to agency financial management systems.
    g. Recommend to the Secretary any information resource management 
and budget decisions affecting financial management processes, systems, 
and operations.
    h. Consult with the CIO to ensure sufficient oversight and security 
exist to maintain the integrity of information systems that affect the 
preparation and presentation of the Department's financial statements.
    4. External Reporting Duties
    a. Prepare the financial management components of the annual 
Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) for transmittal to the 
Secretary and the Director of OMB. The PAR will meet the

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requirements of OMB Circular No. A-136, and shall include, in part--
    1. A description and analysis of the status of financial management 
of the Department;
    2. The Department's annual financial statements and accounting 
reports, including, where appropriate, pertinent performance measures;
    3. The audit report transmitted to the Secretary;
    4. The annual report required to be submitted to the President and 
the Congress under the FMFIA;
    5. The report required by the Improper Payments Information Act;
    6. The Management Assurance Statement required by OMB Circular No. 
A-123;
    7. The annual financial management report required by the Chief 
Financial Officers Act; and
    8. Other information the Secretary considers appropriate to fully 
inform the President and the Congress concerning the financial 
management of the Department.
    b. Prepare the semi-annual audit resolution reports required by the 
Amendments to the Inspector General Act.
    c. Coordinate and manage financial management reporting 
requirements as may be imposed by OMB, the Department of the Treasury, 
other central Federal agencies, and Congress.
    d. In coordination with the ASAM and Agency heads, develop 
reporting mechanisms that integrate program performance and financial 
data, and facilitate the display of such data in budget documents, 
financial statements, and other pertinent communications.
    e. In consultation with the CIO, ensure financial statements 
support:
    1. Assessments and revisions of mission-related and administrative 
processes of the Department; and
    2. Measurement of the performance of investments made by the 
Department in information systems.
    5. Financial Management Personnel Duties
    a. Provide oversight of, and issue core requirements and standards 
related to, component agency financial management personnel.
    b. Provide policy advice and assistance to DOL executives, 
including component agency heads, on all personnel matters affecting 
financial management personnel throughout the DOL and its component 
agencies, and on budget and staffing levels for component agency 
financial functions.
    c. Review all proposed personnel selections, skill requirements, 
performance standards, and position descriptions for financial 
management personnel at the GS-15 level and above throughout the DOL 
and its component agencies; discuss any problems with the component 
agency head and appeal any unresolved issue to the Secretary through 
the Deputy Secretary.
    d. Manage a comprehensive training and development program for 
budget analysts, accountants, financial managers, and financial 
technicians; ensure that staff skills are commensurate with 
requirements; and implement a Continuing Professional Education (or 
similar) program.
    6. Financial Programmatic Duties
    a. Manage Departmental programs on audit resolution, travel 
management, cash management, debt collection, asset management, and 
financial management activities.
    b. Manage centralized Departmental accounting functions for fund 
and cost accounting, capitalized assets accounting, grant accounting, 
DOL employee compensation and benefits, and voucher, commercial bill, 
and other payments.
    c. Exercise Departmental approval authority over interagency 
transactions involving component agency program funds, such as for 
investment or transfer.
    d. Establish and chair a CFO Advisory Council within DOL to provide 
a forum for component organizations to advise and support the CFO in 
matters affecting the financial community. The Advisory Council will 
facilitate the dissemination of financial policies established by the 
CFO to component agencies.
    e. Execute a Working Capital Fund (WCF), formulated by the ASAM, 
and related accounts offering, as appropriate and advantageous to the 
Department, a comprehensive program of centralized services funded by 
customer agency reimbursements in advance.
    f. Provide technical reviews of finance offices in the DOL and its 
component agencies, and oversee component agency financial systems as 
defined in the FFMIA.
    g. Appraise centralized and decentralized operations and 
organizations to determine more effective and cost-efficient methods of 
performing required financial functions.
    h. Serve as the Department's Improper Payment Reduction 
Coordinator, with responsibilities including, but not limited to:
    1. Coordinating the establishment of policies and procedures for 
assessing Departmental, component agency, and program risks of improper 
payments;
    2. Coordinating Departmental, component agency, and program 
management actions to reduce improper payments. These duties include:
    i. Assigning responsibility for specific areas of improper payment-
related activities to appropriate component agency, program, or 
activity officials;
    ii. Coordinating the development of detailed action plans to 
determine the nature and extent of possible improper payments for all 
DOL programs and activities spending Federal funds;
    iii. Assisting component agency and program management in 
identifying cost-effective control activities to address identified 
risk areas;
    iv. Assisting component agency and program management in 
establishing improper payment reduction goals or targets and measuring 
performance against those goals to determine progress made and areas 
needing additional action;
    v. Developing procedures for working with OMB and the Congress to 
address barriers encountered that inhibit actions to reduce improper 
payments; and
    vi. Coordinating periodic reporting, through publicly available 
documents, to the Secretary, OMB, and the Congress on the progress made 
in achieving improper payment reduction targets and future action plans 
for controlling improper payments.
    3. Providing a quarterly status report to the Deputy Secretary on 
Departmental activities to identify and reduce improper payments.
    C. In addition to the authority otherwise provided in this Order, 
the CFO--
    1. Shall have access to all records, reports, audits, reviews, 
documents, papers, recommendations, or other materials which are the 
property of the Department or which are available to the Department, 
and which relate to programs and operations with respect to which the 
CFO has responsibilities;
    2. May request such information or assistance as may be necessary 
for carrying out the duties and responsibilities provided by this Order 
from any Federal, State, or local governmental entity; and
    3. To the extent and in such amounts as may be provided in advance 
by appropriations Acts, may--
    a. Enter into contracts and other arrangements with public agencies 
and with private persons for the preparation of financial statements, 
studies, analyses, and other services; and
    b. Make such payments as may be necessary to carry out the 
provisions of this Order.
    6. Assignment of Responsibilities to Other Individuals
    A. Unless modified by this Order, the heads of component Agencies 
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previously delegated responsibilities and authority. In the context of 
the Department's financial management program, they are specifically 
charged with the responsibility to--
    1. In consultation with the CFO and the CIO, define program 
information needs and develop strategies, systems, and capabilities to 
meet those needs.
    2. Perform transaction and operational level financial functions in 
accordance with policies, requirements, and procedures established by 
the CFO.
    3. Direct financial staffs and functions in their respective 
component agencies consistent with those policies and procedures 
established by the CFO.
    4. Facilitate the CFO's oversight responsibilities with respect to 
financial operations and component agency program financial systems by 
providing and maintaining system documentation, audit trails, summary 
or detailed transaction data, and such other information as the CFO may 
require.
    5. Fully solicit, consider, and cooperate with the CFO in the 
review of proposed appointment, promotion, and other personnel actions 
affecting financial management staff at the GS-15 level and above.
    6. Manage grants, procurement, property, debt management/accounts 
receivable, and other management systems for their respective component 
agencies, in a manner consistent with the CFO's responsibilities 
prescribed in this Order.
    B. The Inspector General--
    1. Retains full responsibility for previously-delegated budget and 
financial management activities pertaining to his or her own office, 
but will participate with the CFO in integrating such delegated 
assignments with the overall financial management program of the 
Department.
    2. Will participate, where appropriate, in joint reviews with the 
CFO of selected financial management functions, operations, and 
systems.
    3. Will participate with the CFO in the resolution of audit issues, 
findings, and recommendations, including those involved in the annual 
financial statements, consistent with its statutory responsibilities 
for managing an audit program.
    C. The Solicitor of Labor is responsible for providing legal advice 
and assistance to the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, CFO, and all other 
Department of Labor officials who are assigned responsibilities for 
implementation of this Order, except as provided in Secretary's Order 
4-2006 with respect to the Office of Inspector General.
    7. Communications. In consonance with the assignments of 
responsibility above, the Office of the Chief Financial Officer shall 
ensure that the Agency Administrative Officers are apprised of 
communications to component agency financial staff. Similarly, 
component agencies shall keep the Chief Financial Officer apprised of 
directives and other communications affecting their financial staff.
    8. Reservations of Authority
    A. Unless otherwise stated in this Order, the submission of reports 
and recommendations to the President and the Congress concerning the 
administration of statutory or administrative provisions is reserved to 
the Secretary.
    B. Except as provided in Paragraph (5)(D)(1), this Order does not 
provide to the CFO any access greater than permitted under any other 
law to records, reports, audits, reviews, documents, papers, 
recommendations, or other material of the Office of Inspector General.
    9. Redelegations and Transfers of Authority. Unless provided 
otherwise in this or another Secretary's Order, the authority delegated 
in this Order may be redelegated or transferred, as permitted by law or 
regulation.
    10. Effective Date. This Order is effective May 27, 2018.

    Dated: May 14, 2018.
R. Alexander Acosta,
Secretary of Labor.
[FR Doc. 2018-11123 Filed 5-25-18; 8:45 am]
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