The Defense Information Systems Agency's (DISA) financial management professionals are actively pursuing DoD certification requirements intended to provide a consistent, disciplined approach for professional development in the areas of audit readiness, fiscal law, ethics, and decision support.
William "Bill" Edikauskas, a financial management analyst at the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) on Fort Huachuca, Arizona, was the first DISA employee to complete the DoD Financial Management (FM) Certification Program, a course-based certification program that became a requirement for all Do D financial managers on July 1, 2014.
"I just wanted to dig into it and get it done," Edikauskas said.
Edikauskas completed all certification requirements in less than 30 days, then he began assisting others in his office with their certification.
"Our supervisors and their teams work together to ensure that achieving the required training is a top priority. It's commendable to see the financial management workforce dedicated and motivated in pursuing their certification," said Sannadean Sims, director of DISA's Resource Management Center and agency comptroller.
More than 45,000 financial managers DoD-wide must complete the certification requirements by June 30, 2016.
DISA has slightly more than 250 employees in the financial management analyst career series and approximately 20 percent of the agency's FM workforce is currently certified.
"Our financial management community is a well-trained workforce already," said Thomas Ainsworth, financial management executive and deputy comptroller. "This certification documents their readiness for the challenges they face in making the tough decisions that emerge each day."
The DoD FM Certification Program, which was mandated under the fiscal year 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, was authorized by the secretary of defense to "prescribe professional certification and credential standards for financial management positions," emphasizing career broadening, leadership development, and continuous learning.
There are 23 competencies that make up the DoD FM Certification Program. Each competency can be measured at three levels of proficiency. Individuals can progress through three levels of certification as their career experience and proficiency level increases.
For more information, visit the DoD FM Certification Program website.