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Learning Objectives

Resource Manager Challenges: Examine the role of the resource manager; his/her relationship with the command group; his/her relationship with program directors and other organizations; methods used by the resource manager to manage and mitigate risk; methods and issues of dealing with resource management in a joint environment; application of leadership / management principles to resource management; resource manager role in wartime.

Ethical Challenges: Examine the interrelationship of leadership, ethics, internal controls and management controls in the resource management environment, examine the internal control issues involved in the execution of budgets in peace, war and CONOPS; examine the issues of internal controls and management controls in an environment where organizations are 'cash flowing' dollars; examine the impact of ethics, internal controls and management controls in the methods the Army/DoD develops programs and budgets; and examine the relationship between ethics, internal controls and management controls and how the Army/DoD manages efficiencies.

PPBE Challenges: Examine the implication of the 'Resource equal Requirements' philosophy impacts the development of ACOM and Installation/ Activity budgets; examine fixed and variable cost-to include manpower-and the impact of these costs on budget formulation and the allocation of increases and decreases; examine the implication on the new PPBE process on budget formulation at all levels and the impacts of potential exclusion of groups from the process; examine the increased use of matrix and models and their implication on the budget formulation at all levels; examine the requirements for coordination between Army mission activities, IMCOM, and joint missions on budget formulation; examine the allocation of efficiencies in budget formulation and the current philosophy of transfer of risk to the end user. Examine how the Army/DoD can migrate core activities back into its base budget.

Budget Execution Challenges: Examine the impacts of the new PPBE process on budget execution at installation/activity level; examine the impact of fixed and variable costs-to include manpower-on the allocation of decreases and unspecified reductions at installation/activity level; examine the issues of joint operations on fiscal law and the color of money; examine the issues caused by 'cash flow' and meeting matrix controls; examine the impact of fences/floors and other budget controls on fixed and variable costs; and examine the implication of failed management efficiencies on budget execution. Examine how the Army can develop a Culture of Cost and interface cost in all our decision processes.

People and Manpower Challenges: Examine the role of the resource manager in the growth and professional development of RM personnel; examine how RM personnel can be more multi-disciplined; examine how interns should be managed and developed; and examine succession planning and the criticality of such planning in the current environment.

Group Project
Each group will present a briefing on a current topic selected by ASA (FM&C).

Discussion with a Senior Resource Manager
Each group will make a 20-minute briefing on their topic to a senior resource manager (SES or General Officer) and will provide feedback and discuss the implication of the issue to the Army/DoD.

Eligibility/Application Requirement:
Comptroller Proponency Office OASA (FM&C)
ASA(FM&C) Web site

Course Content:
Defense Programs, Syracuse University
COMM (315) 443-2898

Send email to:
Irma P. Finocchiaro, Director, Defense Programs