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1 National Institute of Food and Agriculture – NIFA Financial Operations Division (FOD) NERAO Conference 2011 by Eric D. Still-Branch Chief FMB1

2 FOD-BACKGROUND Responsible for monitoring and oversight of $2.2B federal grant assistance program serves as the focal point for the agency’s financial management activities plans, directs, coordinates, and manages programs of payments for formula funds, grants, cooperative agreements, special projects, and other Federal assistance instruments administered by NIFA coordinates the financial assistance activities with Department of Health & Human Services –Payment Management System (DHHS – PMS) and the Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP.)

3 FOD-BACKGROUND Responsible for oversight and enforcement of the Federal Appropriation Law Protects the Agency to ensure compliance of the Anti Deficiency ACT (ADA) Article 31 U.S.C § 1341(a)(1)(A) Involving the government/agency in any obligation to pay money before funds have been appropriated for that purpose, unless otherwise allowed by Law. 31 U.S.C §1341 (a)(1)(B) Making or authorizing an expenditure, creating or authorizing an obligation under, any appropriation or Fund in excess of the amount available in the appropriation or Fund. Making obligations or expenditures in excess of an appointment or reappointment, or in excess of the amount permitted by the agency regulations. Article 31 U.S.C. 1517(a) An Officer or Employee who “knowingly and willfully” violates any of the three provisions cited above shall be fined not more than $5K, imprisoned for not more than 2 years or both. Article 31 U.S.C §§ 1350, 1519 Protects the Agency to ensure compliance of Freedom of Information Act

4 Financial Operations Division Tonya R. Johnson Financial Operations Officer/Division Director Eric D. Still Branch Chief FMB1 Idelisa Valentin Branch Chief FMB2

5 Financial Operations Division Core Responsibilities: Obligate LiabilityAuthorize Certify Funds ASAP Reconcile Close Out

6 FMB1-Funds Management Branch 1 The FMB1 structure consist of three separate teams: The Operation Team (OT) The Payment Team (PT) The Recipient & Reporting Team (RRT)

7 Financial Operations Division OPERATIONS TEAM

8 FMB1-Operations Team Verify awards for recommendations Obligating all grants in the Grant Management System/Accounting System CREEMS-Grants System FMMI- Accounting System Provide financial status reports to Budget Provide financial status reports to Congress Oversee Inter-Agency Agreements program for NIFA Reconcile 4801 Fund and TAS account with Treasury

9 Financial Operations Division PAYMENT TEAM

10 FMB1-Payments Team Enrollment and creation of accounts in ASAP Authorization of ASAP/PMS accounts Certification of funds in ASAP/PMS Manage the FOD ASAPcustomerservice box.

11 FMB1-Payments Team ASAP System: NIFA utilizes the Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP) system to distribute grants throughout the United States. ASAP is a web- based electronic payment and information system developed by the Financial Management Services (FMS) under the Department of Treasury and the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond ASAP allow grantee institutions receiving federal grants to draw down funds from accounts pre-authorized by NIFA. ASAP receives payment requests and transmits payment to either the Federal Reserve Bank or the U.S. Treasury for deposit into the grantee’s bank account.

12 FMB1-Payments Team Enrollment;  The FMB1 Budget Technician verifies the enrollment status in ASAP.  The FMB1 Budget and Technician enrolls NEW grantees in ASAP base on the Duns# (Duns and Bradstreet) and EIN# (Employer Identification Number) listed on the SF-424.  Once the Grantee is enrolled, Treasury ASAP customer service representative will the User ID to the AR (Authorized Representative listed on the SF-424). The password will be mailed to the address provided on the SF-424.

13 FMB1-Payments Team Enrollment-Con’t  The Grantee has 45 days to complete each step of the following enrollment categories in ASAP.  Initiates RO and POC  Point of Contact Names Organization Officials  Head of Organization Approves Official  Authorization Officials Defines Recipient Profile  Authorizing Official Defines Recipient Organizations Users  Financial Official Defines Banking Information  If the Recipient fails to complete all steps, the enrollment status will be rejected in ASAP and funds will be delayed

14 FMB1-Payments Team Create/Authorize/Certification;  The FMB1 Budget and Financial Specialist create the account in ASAP/PMS for authorization  The FMB1 Financial Management Specialist Authorize and loads the money on the account in ASAP/PMS  The Certifying Officer review and approve the payment to certify the funds in ASAP/PMS. At this point, the funds are available to the Grantee for withdrawal

15 Payments Team-Cont FOD ASAP customer service vs. Treasury ASAP customer service

16 FOD Payment Team- Con’t Financial Operations Division ASAP Customer Service Telephone: Hour of Operation M-F 7:30am to 4pm Categories:  Payment Status  Return Funds

17 FMB1-Payment Team- Con’t Treasury ASAP customer service Regional Contact Information Hour of Operation M-F 7:30am to 4pm Time ZoneReginald Financial CenterContact Number EasternPhiladelphia(215) CentralKansas City(816) Mountain/PacificSan Francisco(510) Categories:  ASAP User ID and Password  Set-up Bank Information  Assist with Enrollment  Set-up Payment Method

18 FMB1-Payment Team- Con’t Treasury ASAP customer service Regional Contact Information Hour of Operation M-F 7:30am to 4pm Categories Con’t  Notification that ASAP account is due to expire  Notification of rejected bank information

19 Financial Operations Division RECIPIENT AND REPORTING TEAM

20 FMB1-Recipient and Reporting Team grant close out-process (10,000+ grants) receipt of all SF-269s 2006 and prior, SF-424s 2009 and forward tracking all grants from 1996 to present ensuring close out identifying new grants that are eligible for close out notifying all grantees of grants due to expire and unused funds will be de-Obligated by 9/15/20XX enforcing status reports required within the 90 days expiration date of the grant. (All must be completed) Final report sent to AMD for review and approval AMD send notification FMB1-RRT FOD Certify the funds Grantee withdraw funds

21 FMB2-Cash Reconciliation Team monthly Fund Balance with Treasury (FBWT) reconciliation reconcile 90 Treasury Symbols monthly which identify the year of appropriation reconcile and resolve any un liquidated obligations reconcile and resolve any abnormal balances on the financial statements process government to government payments (IPAC) serves as the audit liaison for the agency

22 FOD-Contacts Tonya R. Johnson – FOO/Division Director  Main Number:  Fax Number :  FMB1 – Eric D. Still- Branch Chief  Jameal Clark (OT-team leader)  Vacant Position (PT-team leader)  Sophia Wilson (RRT-team leader)  FMB2 – Idelisa Valentin- Brach Chief Jeffrey Sweet (CRT 1 –team leader) Linda Ning (CRT2 – team leader)

23 Financial Operations Division Q/As


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