The ACTEDS Training Catalog

Comptroller Career Program 11 (CP-11)

Defense Comptrollership Program (DCP)

Modern DCPDS Course Code: 17DCP

Length of Program: 14 months

Location: Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Nomination Suspense Date: October 2, 2015

Dates of Program: May 2016 - August 2017


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. Possess three (3) years of government civilian or military "resource" management experience and a total of five (5) years government service 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.


To provide a high quality, accelerated program of advanced education and training in resource management for a select group of Defense military 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 Schooling opportunity for Financial Management (FM) Officers, NCOs and DA Civilians. The fully funded, 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. Dual degree program between the Martin J. Whitman School of Management and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Graduates are awarded a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA). Curriculum provides future managers with 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 a 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 8, 2015, subject: Defense Comptrollership Program (DCP) Class of 2017 Announcement.

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 campusSyracuse, NY. ACC is taught at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY several times per year. 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 Army Civilian Career Program (CP) 11, GS09 (Full Performance Positions), GS 11-12 and second year Department of the Army interns (mandatory); Officer Branch Code (BC) 36 Captain-Major (CPT-MAJ), and Enlisted Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 36 Sergeant First Class (SFC) and above, and Staff Sergeant (SSG) with waiver.

Executive Comptroller Course (ECC)

ECC is a three week resident program, held at Syracuse University's main campus, Syracuse, NY. Financial Managers obtain a broad perspective of the core competencies of Defense Financial Management and the application of those competencies in the U.S. The course also covers core competencies resource/financial management decision making in 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 are Civilian CP 11, GS 09 (Full Performance), GS 11-13; 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 course held at Syracuse University's main campus, Syracuse, NY. It is specifically designed for personnel in the technical financial management series to increase their skills and knowledge in financial and resource management and their basic analytical capabilities. The target audiences are Civilians GS 03-08.

Defense Financial Management Course (DFMC)

DFMC , is a mid- to senior-level financial management professional development course taught at the Defense Financial Management & Comptroller School (DFM&CS), Maxwell AFB, (Montgomery), Alabama. The DFMC uses a blended delivery format with approximately 25 hours of pre-arrival course work followed by 14 days in residence at Maxwell AFB. The DFMC focuses on three main areas of instruction: Leadership & Communication, Strategic FM Environment, and Decision Support with specific emphasis placed on hands-on, experiential learning and small group discussions. This course combines resident faculty lectures, interactive seminars, networking, facilitated exercises, and an extensive and prestigious guest-speaker program to reinforce the course with "real world" applications. The course develops decision support skill sets to include critical thinking, analysis, advisory responsibility, strategic orientation, leadership and conflict resolution. The DFMC is mapped to maximize fulfillment of the DOD Financial Management Certification Program (primarily Certification Level 3, but also fulfills many Level 2 requirements.) The targeted audiences are Civilian CP 11, GS 12 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 to acquaint mid-senior level personnel with the merits of Decision Support instruction and their 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 13 and above; Officer BC 36 MAJ or above, and Enlisted MOS 36 MSG and above.

Senior Resource Managers Course (SRMC)

SRMC is a five 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; experience a venue for senior resource managers to discuss issues and share solutions; and develop solutions to management of resource management issues. The targeted audiences are Civilian CP 11, GS 14-15, and CP 26 (Manpower and Force Management) GS 14-15; Officer BC 36 Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) and Colonel (COL); and Senior Enlisted.

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,
  • SF 181 - Ethnicity and Race Identification Form

The application packet should be submitted through the Command's Comptroller Junior Executive Council (CJEC) Member. If the applicant's position isn't within Career Program 11, the application packet must be submitted through Command Channels before submitting it to the Comptroller Proponency Office.

Additional Information: The Comptroller Proponency Office centrally funds travel, per diem and tuition costs for STT sessions for CivilianCP 11, Officer BC 36, EnlistedMOS 36, except DA interns that are centrally funded by G-1. G3/5/7 will provide procedures and any applicable fund cite instructions to selectees. Cancellation notification must be made through the Comptroller Proponency Office and the Command's Comptroller Junior Executive Council Member. Nomination packets should be sent through the Command's Comptroller Junior Executive Member then uploaded into GoArmyEd (

For further information call (703) 695-7655, DSN 225-7655, email 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). The course 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. Financial Managers who successfully complete the week of instruction are awarded 40 continuing professional education units and credit toward the DoD Financial Management Certification Program. Tuition is centrally funded. The Comptroller Proponency Office does not fund TDY and travel. Local travel is the Command's responsibility. The targeted audience for this course 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.

Nomination Procedures: Nominations should register for specified class, location and date via the EDFMT online application system:

The supervisor will either approve or disapprove the online application. Once the online application is approved by the supervisor, a generated e-mail message is sent to the Comptroller Junior Executive Council member for concurrence. The final approval process is the Army Quota Manager within the Comptroller Proponency Office.

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) with SAP TERP 10 Certification Course

ERP SAP TERP is a four week course taught at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. It provides students with an overall understanding and working knowledge of the function, design, control, and use of ERP systems as implemented by DoD. Students obtain and understanding of SAP systems and the technology of the entities they interact. The curriculum provides students with conceptual understanding and skills to navigate the complexities of transaction processing and data queries inherent in modern ERP systems. This course consists of four graduate level course: Financial Accounting with a Federal Government Emphasis; Database Management for Business; Advanced ERP Systems, and Special Topics in Accounting (SAP TERM 10 Certification Preparation.) The targeted audiences are Civilian CP 11 financial managers; BC 36 Officers; and Enlisted NCOs with undergraduate degrees.

Business Analytics Application (BAC)

BAC is a one week resident course taught at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. The course is designed to provide Army financial management professionals with an overall understanding of the capabilities and functionality of the SAP Business Intelligence (BI) environment. Topics include: SAP Crystal Reports, Manipulating and Analyzing Data in Excel, Decision Modeling and Optimization in Excel, SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse, and SAP Business Explorer. The targeted audiences are FM professionals with GFEBS experience who use the system on a regular basis. (BC 36 Officers and Noncommissioned Officers, and CP 11 Civilians are all eligible.)

Applications for ERP SAP TERP and BAC are available at the Finance School Web Site:

Cost Management Certificate Course (CMCC)

CMCC CMCC is a four week course taught by University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. The course teaches students how to manage Army business operations efficiently and effectively through accurate measurement and thorough understanding of the "Full Cost" of business processes, products, and services. Certificate holders become consultants equipped to help decision makers, and provide the best value to customers and stakeholders. Successful participants earn 12 graduate credits from the Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina. The targeted audience are Civilians GS 13 and above, and Military MAJ and above with Bachelor degrees and three years of government service.

For applications, contact the CMCC Helpline at (703) 614-3279, DSN 224-3279 or email

University Training

Competitive professional development provides a valuable learning experience and competitive edge for future advancement. Financial Managers develop their own full-time or part-time course of study with local accredited colleges or university for the purpose to obtain a degree. The Financial Management Career Program-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 will be 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).

Full-time University Programs

Full-time University Programs:
Careerists nominated and selected under this announcement for full-time university training will be evaluated competitively based on their 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, you must apply for part-time training.

Part-time University Programs

Specific part-time training will be approved on a case-by-case basis and will be forwarded through supervisory and major command channels (with full justification) for approval by the FCR. This lower priority 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 a command responsibility.

All applications for FY2016 Competitive Professional Development Training Programs are due to Financial Management Career Program-11 NLT 120 days prior to the start of first classes. The entire process will require approximately 180 days contacting the college, assembling the package and obtaining chain of command endorsements to final 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) or assigned designee.

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 the 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 managements, 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 that the grade levels are being maintained and the students shall 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) will apply.

Developmental Assignments

  • Developmental assignment opportunities are available for the competitive professional development of CP 11 careerists. They allow careerists within HQDA 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 of the issues pertinent to Army financial management policy and practice.
  • • The annual announcement of CP-11 developmental assignment opportunities is issued by the FCR at fiscal year's end for the following year. Assignments may vary in length from three to twelve months and reporting dates will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Funding for salary and benefits will be assumed by the parent organizations. Subject to the availability of funds, travel and per diem will be centrally funded by CP 11 Army Civilian Training, Education and Development System (ACTEDS) funds. Specific Information about the 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), 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 that is targeted at their grade level. GS-01 through GS-09 employees are eligible to attend the CES Basic Course; GS-10 through GS-12 employees are eligible to attend the CES Intermediate Course; and GS-13 through GS-15 employees are eligible to attend the CES Advanced Course. NOTE: All Army Civilians who were hired after 30 September 2006 are required to take the Foundation Course prior to enrolling in either of the CES courses.

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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