The ACTEDS Training Catalog

Comptroller (CP 11)

Defense Comptrollership Program (DCP)
Modern DCPDS Course Code 15DCP
Length of Program 14 months
Location Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
Nomination Suspense Date October 31, 2013

Dates of program June 2014 - August 2015

Eligibility A civilian DCP candidate should satisfy the following criteria to be considered:
  1. Be a registrant in the Comptroller (CP 11) career program, as defined in AR 690-950, or be assigned in 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 two years of government civilian or military resource management experience. Additionally, a total of three years of government service required.
  4. CP 11 graduated interns must have at least one year of journey level experience as of the application due date.
  5. Employees with graduate degrees may be nominated, but it must be shown how their DCP attendance would benefit the Army.
  6. Be cleared for access to information classified "SECRET", by the time the program starts;
  7. Apply to enroll in Syracuse University after Army selection.
  8. Have a baccalaureate degree by October 2014
  9. Have completed the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) with a minimum score of 500 or or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) equivalent. Test results are valid for 5 years.
  10. Applicants from other career programs or agencies are encouraged to apply for DCP. If accepted costs would be paid by their 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 have 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 a 14-month course of study delivered in two semesters and two summer sessions addressing Defense/Army Comptroller and Financial Management 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 an Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA). Curriculum provides the future managers with the conceptual perspective, 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 222 July 2013, subject: Announcement of Defense Comptrollership Program (DCP) Class of 2015 for Civilian Employees, Syracuse University (SU) and Follow-On Assignments.

For more information, call (703) 695-7655, DSN 225-7655 Email: or visit DCP Course Curriculum (Link to Syracuse University) (Latest curriculum available by request: Ms. Wendy Frye)

Short Courses:


Army Comptroller Course (ACC)

ACC is a three week resident program, held at Syracuse University main campus, Syracuse, New York. The target audience for this course is journey-level Army Civilian: Career Program (CP) 11, GS09 and above, second year Department of the Army interns (mandatory), Officer: ranch Code (BC) 36 CPT-MAJ and Enlisted: Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 36 Sergeant First Class and above, Staff Sergeant with waivers. ACC is taught at Syracuse University, in Syracuse, N.Y. three 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.

Executive Comptroller Course (ECC)

ECC is a three week resident program, held at Syracuse University main campus, Syracuse, New York. The target audience for this course is mid-level Officer: Branch Code (BC) 36 MAJ-LTC, Enlisted: Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 36 Master Sergeant (MSG) and above, Sergeant First Class (SFC) with waiver and Civilian: Career Program (CP) 11, GS 09 (Full Performance), GS 11-13. 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.

Financial Management (FM 101)

FM 101 is a course 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. Target audience for FM 101 is Civilians GS 03-08.

Defense Financial Management Course (DFMC)

DFMC , is a three week professional development course for DoD Resource Management personnel taught at the Defense Financial Management & Comptroller School (DFM&CS), Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Alabama. This course combines Air Force faculty lectures, interactive seminars, networking, small group discussions and facilitated exercises. There is an extensive and prestigious guest-speaker program to reinforce the instruction 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 target audience for this course is Civilian: Career Program (CP) 11 GS 11 and above, Officer: Branch Code (BC) 36 MAJ and above and Enlisted: Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 36 Master Sergeant (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, Alabama. 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 target audience of this course is Civilian: Career Program (CP) 11 GS 13 and above and Officer: Branch Code (BC) 36 MAJ or above, and Enlisted: Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 36 Master Sergeant (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 will gain a better understanding 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 target audience for this course is Civilian: Career Program (CP) 11 GS 14 and 15, Career Program (CP) 26 (Manpower and Force Management) GS 14 and 15, Officer: Branch Code (BC) 36 Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) and Colonel (COL) and Enlisted: Senior Enlisted

Nomination Procedures: Nominations for Short Term Training (STT) should identify the class and date when applying for the course. The following documents should be submitted within the application packet:

  • - Letter of Endorsement
  • - CP 11 Resume
  • - SF 181 - Ethnicity and Race Identification

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 Civilian: Career Program (CP) 11, Officer: BC 36, Enlisted: Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 36, except DA interns that are centrally funded by G-1. G-1 Resource Management Office will provide procedures and any applicable fund cite instructions in notices to selectees. Cancellation notification must be made through the Comptroller Proponency Office and the Command's Comptroller Junior Executive Council Member, along with any desire to be placed in a future class. Nomination packets should be sent through the Command's Comptroller Junior Executive Member. The Comptroller Junior Executive Council member submits the nomination packet to:

The Comptroller Proponency Office (SAFM-PO),
109 Army Pentagon,
Washington, DC 20310-0109.

Further information is available at
(703) 695-7655, DSN 225-7655.

Enhanced Defense Financial Management Training (EDFMT)

EDFMT is a five day, intensive financial management review course taught in three modules: resource management environment, budgeting andd cost analysis and accounting and finance. The course is provided by the Department of Defense, and is 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 and minimize travel expenses. Careerists who successfully complete the week of instruction are awarded 40 continuing professional education units. Tuition is centrally funded. The Comptroller Proponency Office may approve and centrally fund TDY and travel, subject to availability of funds. Local travel is command responsibility. The target audience for this course is Civilian: Career Program (CP) 11 GS 09 and above, Officer: Branch Code (BC) 36 MAJ and above, and Enlisted: Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 36 Master Sergeant (MSG) and above, and Sergeant 1st Class (SFC) with waiver. This course is not for interns.

Nomination Procedures Nominations should specify class being applied for by location and date and be sent through 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. The final approval process is at the Army Quota Manager within the Comptroller Proponency Office

National Security Studies (NSS)

The National Security Studies (NSS) course is a two week program on the campus of Syracuse University Maxwell School. This course is centrally funded. The target audience of this course is Civilian: Career Program (CP) 11 GS 14 and 15 Senior Level Resource Managers and Career Program (CP) 26 (Manpower and Force Management) GS 14 and 15, Officer: Branch Code (BC) 36 Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) and Colonel (COL) and Enlisted: Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 36 Senior Enlisted

University Training

Competitive professional development provides a valuable learning experience and competitive edge for future advancement. Careerists 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.

Special Full-time programs

Defense Masters In Business Administration In Financial Management Program (DMBAFMP). This is an 18-month course delivered in six quarter sessions at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. It is open to GS11-13 CP11 civilians, CPT-MAJ (BC36) and to those in other career programs that include significant resource and financial management duties. Nomination packets are requested annually in special announcements posted on the ASA (FM&C) web-pages listed previously with suspense normally in Oct for course start dates in Jan.

DoD/IG/Georgetown University's Master's Degree Program. The Department of Defense Inspector General is sponsoring a master's degree program in conjunction with Georgetown University. The curriculum includes eight one-week courses over a period of two years. Successful completion of the program will lead to a Georgetown University Master's Degree in Policy Management. This program is only open to employees GS-12 - GS-15 within US Army Audit Agency.

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 FY2014 Competitive Professional Development Training Programs are due to Financial Management Career Program-11 NLT 90 days prior to the start of first classes. The entire process will require about 120 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).

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, as well as instructions on how to enroll can be 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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