The ACTEDS Training Catalog

Comptroller Career Program 11 (CP-11)

Defense Comptrollership Program (DCP)

Modern DCPDS Course Code: 16DCP

Length of Program: 14 months

Location: Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Nomination Suspense Date: October 31, 2013

Dates of Program: June 2014 - August 2015


Civilian criteria/application packets must include the following items for consideration:

  1. Registrant of the Comptroller Career Program 11 (CP-11) career program, as defined in AR 690-950, or be assigned to a CP-11 position or a position including significant management duties
  2. DCP is targeted to Army GS 9 thru GS 12 and equivalent employees and to those in other career programs whose positions include significant resource management duties. GS 13 and GS 14 employees may also apply.
  3. Applicants must have three years of government civilian or military "resource" management experience. Additionally, a total of five (5) years government service is required as of the application due date.
  4. CP 11 graduated interns are eligible but must have at least three (3) year of journey level experience as of the application due date (in addition to the two year internship requirement).
  5. Employees with graduate degrees may be nominated, for DCP by submitting a waiver request; however, priority is afforded to those without a master's degree. Employees who already obtained a master's degree in either program (Master of Business Administration or Master of Public Administration) will not receive further consideration.
  6. Complete required application and forms for ACTEDS Training.
  7. Be cleared for access to information classified "SECRET", by the time the program starts;
  8. Accept both the long-term training (e.g., DCP) and the new job assignment prior to admittance into the program.
  9. Sign an agreement committing to continue DoD employment upon graduation for three times the length of the training (e.g., 42 months), and also sign an agreement covering contingencies in the event of failure to complete DCP.
  10. Apply for enrollment in Syracuse University Martin J. Whitman School of Management and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs after receiving formal notification of Army selection.
  11. Possess a baccalaureate degree and provide academic transcripts by the application due date.
  12. Hold a Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) with a minimum score of 500 or or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) equivalent as of the application due date. Test results are valid for five (5) years.
  13. Applicants from other career programs or agencies are encouraged to apply for DCP if accepted costs are paid by their respective career programs/agencies.

University Requirements

A foundation in mathematical and accounting skills and concepts for the DCP's strong quantitative methods focus is expected and is tested upon students' arrival. Additional courses may be required. Candidates should also be conversant in the operation of personal computers and familiar with basic software application packages related to word processing, spreadsheets, graphics and Microsoft Excel. They should also possess a basic understanding of financial accounting principles.

Purpose To provide a high quality, accelerated program of advanced education and training in resource management for a select group of Defense officers and DoD/DA civilians. The goal of the program and its pre-determined operational assignments is to train and develop the most outstanding and productive civilian employees in the Army resource management field, who have demonstrated high potential for advancing to multidisciplinary keystone positions in CP-11.

The Defense Comptrollership Program is Army's premier Advance Civil School opportunity for Financial Management (FM) Officers, NCOs and DA Civilians. The fully funded, a 14-month, 60-hour curriculum is designed to prepare FM leaders for complex fiscal and economic challenges at the operational and strategic levels. Students graduate with a Master of Business Administration and Executive Master of Public Administration degrees. The course of study delivered in two semesters and two summer sessions addresses Defense/Army Comptroller and FM educational needs. The 60-hour graduate curriculum combines business and public administration theories. The dual degree program between the Martin J. Whitman School of Management and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs awards a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and an Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA). The curriculum provides future managers with the conceptual perspectives, practical analytical tools, and management skills required in the increasingly complex resource management environment. Due to the unique orientation of this program, the student is normally required to successfully complete (or obtain waiver of) the required management core courses.

For complete instructions and information, applicants should refer to Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management & Comptroller) (OASA (FM&C)) announcement released June 24, 2014, subject: Defense Comptrollership Program (DCP) Class of 2015.

For more information,
Phone: (703) 695-7655, DSN 225-7655
or visit
Also, visit selecting the DCP Course Curriculum link to Syracuse University.
The latest curriculum is available by request. (Contact Ms. Wendy Frye,

Short Courses:


Army Comptroller Course (ACC)

ACC is a three week resident program, held at Syracuse University's main campus, Syracuse, NY. ACC focuses on federal budget challenges, strategic planning, Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution (PPBE), fiscal law, activity and service-based costing, manpower management, contracting, management controls, competitive sourcing, financial operations, the legislative process, and installation and Army command resource management. The course also blends current DoD/Army management and the latest in academic management techniques.

The targeted audiences are journey-level Civilian CP-11, GS 09-11 (full performance positions) and second year Department of the Army interns (mandatory), Officer: Branch Code (BC) 36 CPT-MAJ, and Enlisted: Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 36 Sergeant First Class (SFC) and above, and Staff Sergeant with waivers.

Executive Comptroller Course (ECC)

ECC is a three week resident program, held at Syracuse University's main campus, Syracuse, NY. ECC provides a broad perspective of the core competencies of Defense Financial Management and the application of those competencies within DoD. The course also covers the core competencies of resource/financial management and decision making within the U.S. Army. The program critically examines all aspects of the Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution (PPBE) from planning to prior year execution funds management and current issues in resource management.

The targeted audiences for this course are Civilian CP-11, GS 11 and above; mid-level Officer (BC) 36 MAJ-LTC; Enlisted (MOS) 36 Master Sergeant (MSG) and above, and (SFC) with waiver.

Financial Management (FM 101)

FM 101 is a two week resident held at Syracuse University's main campus, Syracuse, NY. FM 101 is specifically designed for personnel in the technical financial management series to increase skills and knowledge in financial and resource management and basic analytical capabilities.

The targeted audiences for FM 101 are Civilians GS 03-08.

Defense Financial Management Course (DFMC)

DFMC , is a three week professional development course taught at the Defense Financial Management & Comptroller School (DFM&CS), Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, AL. DFMC combines Air Force faculty lectures, interactive seminars, networking, small group discussions, facilitated exercises, an extensive prestigious guest-speaker program to reinforce the course with "real world" applications. DFMC also develops decision support skill sets to include critical thinking, analysis, advisory responsibility, strategic orientation, leadership and conflict resolution.

The targeted audiences are Civilian CP-11 GS 11 and above, Officer: BC 36 MAJ and above and Enlisted MOS 36 MSG and above.

Defense Decision Support Course (DDSC)

DDSC is a four day course taught at the Defense Financial Management & Comptroller School (DFM&CS), Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, AL. DDSC complements the DFMC acquainting mid-senior level personnel with the merits of Decision Support instruction and use by subordinates. The course defines Decision Support, introduces a Decision Support Model, describes various analysis tools and techniques (both qualitative and quantitative), and allows students limited practice in putting the concepts into action through practical exercises. To achieve maximum effectiveness, students selected for this course should possess a broad knowledge of the DoD FM environment, a strategic perspective, and above average critical/creative thinking and oral and written communication skills.

The targeted audiences are Civilian: CP-11 GS 12 and above and Officer BC 36 MAJ or above, and Enlisted MOS 36 MSG and above.

Senior Resource Managers Course (SRMC)

SRMC is a 5 day course taught at Syracuse University's Minnowbrook Conference Center in the Adirondack Mountains. SRMC focuses on current issues in the management of resource management. Careerists gain better understandings of the changing resource management environment of the Army and DoD; experiences a venue for senior resource managers to discuss issues and share solutions; and develops solutions for administrations of resource management issues.

The targeted audiences are Civilian CP-11 and CP-26 (Manpower and Force Management) GS 14 - 15, Officer BC 36 Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) and Colonel (COL); and Senior Enlisted MOS 36.

Nomination Procedures

Nominations for the above Short Term Training (STT) should identify the class and date of the requested course. The following documents consists of the application packet: Letter of Endorsement, CP 11 Resume, and the SF 181 - Ethnicity and Race Identification Form.

Financial Managers will upload the application packet into the GoArmyEd System ( and initiate the SF 182 Authorization, Agreement and Certification of Training request for G-3/5/7 central and command-funded training and professional development classes 60 days prior to the class start date. Upon course acceptance, applicants will receive official notification from the School Quota Manager.

Additional Information

Additional Information: The Comptroller Proponency Office centrally funds travel, per diem and tuition costs for STT sessions for Civilian: CP-11, Officer BC 36, and Enlisted MOS 36, except DA interns who are funded by G-1. G-3/5/7 provides procedures and applicable fund cite instructions to selectees. When applicable, cancellation notification must be made through the Comptroller Proponency Office and the Command's Comptroller Junior Executive Council (CJEC) Member. Nomination packets should be sent through the Command's CJEC Member then uploaded into GoArmyEd 60 days prior to the class start date. All STT courses align with DoD FM Certification competencies.

For further information call (703) 695-7655, DSN 225-7655
or visit

Enhanced Defense Financial Management Training (EDFMT)

EDFMT is a five day, intensive financial management review course taught in three modules: resource management environment, budgeting and cost analysis and accounting and finance. The course is provided by the Department of Defense, and licensed and copyrighted by the American Society of Military Comptrollers (ASMC). EDFMT is offered at a variety of locations (including overseas locations) throughout the year to make it easier for personnel to attend while minimizing travel expenses. EDFMT aligns with DoD FM Certification competencies, and awards 40 continuing professional education units. Although tuition is centrally funded, the Comptroller Proponency Office does not fund TDY and travel. Local travel is the Command's responsibility.

The targeted audiences are Civilian CP-11 GS 09 and above, Officer BC 36 MAJ and above, and Enlisted MOS 36 MSG and above, and SFC with waiver. This course is not for interns.

Academic Degree Training (ADT) University Programs

Academic Degree Training (ADT) is university training/education obtained with the objective of achieving an academic degree. The ADT must relate to the employee's official's duties, and consists of a planned, systematic, and coordinated program of professional development endorsed by the Army. The training should link identified organizational training needs; resolve an identified staffing problem; or accomplish organizational goals in the strategic plan. The employee simultaneously develops full-time or part-time course of study with nationally recognized, accredited colleges or universities for the purpose to obtain a degree.

This CP-11 competitive professional development program emphasizes distribution of limited ACTEDS program funds to the maximum number of qualified nominees. Although part-time academic programs are encouraged, full-time applications are considered for acceptance. All degree programs, whether funded by ACTEDS or commands must be approved by the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower & Reserve Affairs) ASA(M&RA). The targeted audiences are all employees with three years of permanent, full-time employment. Individuals occupying or seeking to qualify for appointment to positions excepted from competitive service or non-career appointment in the Senior Executive Service (SES) are ineligible.

Nominees should submit applications through the appropriate chain of command to the respective Functional Chief Representative (FCR) or Command representative's office for review and selection through a competitive process (AR 690-950). Command funded requests must have command endorsement from the Commander or designated Command Point of Contact (POC) stating funds are available.

Upon receipt of FCR approval, nominees must access GoArmyEd ( to initiate the electronic application for ASA(M&RA) approval. Once ASA(M&RA) approval is received and uploaded into GoArmyEd, the nominee will proceed to initiate the SF 182 Authorization, Agreement and Certification of Training requests, which routes to G-3/5/7 for approvals and assignment of the training fund cite prior to the student's course attendance. Note: Completed requests must arrive in G-3/5/7 no later than 60 days prior to the class start date.

Full-time University Programs

Full-time University Programs:
Financial managers nominated and selected for full-time university training are evaluated competitively on experience, education, government-related training, awards, and motivation for requesting this training. This high priority training must be more than 120 calendar days and normally occurs during duty hours. Tuition and book expenses will be funded for selected nominees. Limited salary and benefits may be reimbursed if the position vacated by the full-time LTT participant is backfilled by a temporary promotion action. Reimbursement, if any, would be at the discretion of the Functional Chief Representative (FCR), on a case-by-case basis, and would be limited to the actual increased cost to the command or agency as a result of the backfill action. The full-time program must be completed in one year. If the program is not completed in one year, the nominee must apply for part-time training.

Part-time University Programs

Specific part-time training is approved on a case-by-case basis and forwarded through supervisory and major command channels (with full justification) for approval by the FCR. This education /training may consist of evening, weekend, and/or part-time courses at the rate of fewer than 12 hours per semester. Non-degree training funding is the Command's responsibility.

All applications for FY2015 Competitive Professional Development Training Programs are due to the CP-11 Program Manager NLT 90 days prior to the start of initial classes. The entire process will require about 120 days contacting the college, assemble applications, obtain chain of command endorsements, finalize staffing, and approval. Check with your CP-11 ACOM, Army Service Component Command (ASCC) or Direct Reporting Unit (DRU) career program manager for internal deadlines.

Employees who work for an Army Staff Principal, Headquarters Department of the Army, the Army Staff, or a Program Executive office must obtain endorsement from the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army (AASA).

For more details, checklists and forms go to

Academic Requirements for Undergraduate and Graduate University Training
  • University Training Program Dates - Applicants are requested to plan for at least a three-semester lead-time due to the lengthy approval process of the application package and training requests.
  • Course of study must be from an accredited institution in any of the following academic disciplines: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative, methods and organizations and management, etc.
  • Students are required to maintain a "B" average for graduate level courses and a "C" average for undergraduate level courses. Failure to maintain this grade point average may result in removal from the course of study. The PO Program Manager will verify grade levels are maintained. The students will send a grade report after the completion of each course or semester/quarter hour to ASA (FM&C) Comptroller Proponency Office.
  • The Government's interests must be protected when an employee fails to complete training for which DA pays all or part of the training expenses. If the student fails to complete training satisfactorily or does not fulfill the Agreement to Continue in Service, the guidelines of Title 5, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Section 410.309(c) applies.

Developmental Assignments

  • Developmental assignment opportunities are available for the competitive professional development of CP-11 Financial Managers. HQDA employees obtain opportunities to work in field organizations and/or activities and vice versa. Developmental assignments include, but are not necessarily limited to, duties and responsibilities designed to broaden the careerists' perspectives on issues pertinent to Army financial management policies and practices.
  • The annual announcement of CP-11 developmental assignment opportunities is issued by the FCR during the 1st quarter of the FY. The developmental assignments vary in length ranging from three to twelve months with reporting dates determined on a case-by-case basis. Funding for salary and benefits are assumed by parent organizations. Subject to the availability of funds, travel and per diem are centrally funded with CP-11 Army Civilian Training, Education and Development System (ACTEDS) funds. Specific Information about individual opportunities is contained in attachments to the announcement. The entire document may be found on OASA (FM&C) website,

Civilian Education System (CES)

The Civilian Education System (CES) is the foundation of the Army's leader development program for all Army Civilians, providing progressive and sequential education courses throughout their careers. CES is centrally funded by HQDA G-37/Training Directorate for most permanent Army Civilians, including but not limited to general schedule (GS), non-appropriated fund (NAF), and local national (LN) and wage grade (WG) employees. CES leadership courses, or designated equivalent courses, are required for all Army Civilians. Employees should include attendance at the CES course for which they are eligible in their Individual Development Plans (IDP).

Employees are eligible to attend the CES course targeted for specific grade level. GS-01 through GS-09 employees are eligible to attend the CES Basic Course; GS-10 through GS-12 attends the CES Intermediate Course; and GS-13 through GS-15 employees are eligible to attend the CES Advanced Course. NOTE: All Army Civilians hired after September 30, 2006 are required to take the Foundation Course prior to enrolling in either of the CES courses above.

More information on CES courses, and instructions for course enrollment is found on the Civilian Training and Leader Development website at

More Information
  • Academic Degree Training (ADT) Checklist - Employees requesting DA ACTEDS funds to obtain an academic degree (training or education with the stated objective of getting an academic degree) must provide the information found in the "ADT Checklist" below.
  • Career Program ACTEDS Plans - Information about career management training, education, and development is provided in the individual ACTEDS plans. Individual plans may be found using the ACTEDS link below.
  • Course Checklist - Employees requesting ACTEDS funds for training-with-industry programs, developmental assignments, short-term training opportunities (120 days for less) and non-academic degree programs must provide the information found in the "Course Checklist" below.

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