The REE CFO is responsible for providing guidance and as necessary, establishing informal and formal policies, to ensure that all aspects of the REE quarterly and annual USDA financial statements process are completed in order that the REE financial statements reflect the financial condition of the REE agencies in all material respects. As part of this process the CFO takes steps to ensure that audit samples are turned in to OIG as required, and helps to resolve audit issues. Proactively identifies financial operational and reporting problems for remediation, and responds to requests from the USDA CFO office and others for the resolution of financial reporting and operational issues. Serves as the Senior Accountable Travel Official for ARS and NIFA, and performs the functions of that position, such as providing required travel reports to OCFO and OIG, and helps to oversee the reporting of travel data and helping to resolve travel reporting issues. Serves on the Working Capital Fund Executive Committee, attends departmental CFO Council meetings, and serves on the departmental Senior Assessment Team for A-123 and internal control matters. Oversees the A-123 process for ARS and some parts for NIFA, and approves A-123 deliverables. Oversees the annual FMFIA certification process, and helps to address a range of accounting, reporting and appropriations law questions. Helps to identify opportunities for improving the reliability and consistency of reportable data, and for streamlining financial processes. Advocates with the department for improvements in system and operational processes.