United States Code
USC most recently checked for updates: Jan 22, 2021
Financial management positions: authority to prescribe professional certification and credential standards
The Secretary of Defense may prescribe professional certification and credential standards for financial management positions within the Department of Defense, including requirements for formal education and requirements for certifications that individuals have met predetermined qualifications set by an agency of Government or by an industry or professional group. Any such professional certification or credential standard shall be prescribed as a Department regulation.
The Secretary may waive any standard prescribed under subsection (a) whenever the Secretary determines such a waiver to be appropriate.
Except as provided in paragraph (2), the Secretary may, in the Secretary’s discretion—
require that a standard prescribed under subsection (a) apply immediately to all personnel holding financial management positions designated by the Secretary; or
delay the imposition of such a standard for a reasonable period to permit persons holding financial management positions so designated time to comply.
A formal education requirement prescribed under subsection (a) shall not apply to any person employed by the Department in a financial management position before the standard is prescribed.
The Secretary shall prescribe any professional certification or credential standards under subsection (a) through the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), in consultation with the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness.
Not later than one year after the effective date of any regulations prescribed under subsection (a), or any significant modification of such regulations, the Secretary shall, in conjunction with the Director of the Office of Personnel Management, submit to Congress a report setting forth the plans of the Secretary to provide training to appropriate Department personnel to meet any new professional certification or credential standard under such regulations or modification.
In this section, the term “financial management position” means a position or group of positions (including civilian and military positions), as designated by the Secretary for purposes of this section, that perform, supervise, or manage work of a fiscal, financial management, accounting, auditing, cost, or budgetary nature, or that require the performance of financial management-related work.
cite as: 10 USC 1599d