Division of Financial Management (DFM)
Georgene Thompson, Chief
To provide excellent financial management services, in an environment where all employees contribute, learn and grow, and are valued and respected.
Office of Surface Mining
Division of Financial Management
Post Office Box 25065, Room 1501
Denver Federal Center, Building 25
Denver, CO 80225-0065
DFM Direct Telephone Number: (303) 236-0330
Why Work at DFM
At DFM, we promote professional development with individualized development plans and mentoring to help propel employees to success. Breadth and depth of experience can be gained by cross-training and job rotations. Employees have opportunities to work collaboratively with other teams, branches, or bureaus outside of OSMRE and develop relationships at all levels of the organization. We respect and welcome employee feedback and recommendations. We encourage employees to step up to tasks that may not necessarily be in their job description, but are in line with their interests and bring value to the organization. We allow employees to maintain a work-life balance by offering flexible work arrangements.
What We Do
The Division of Financial Management (DFM) is responsible for the financial operations of the Office of Surface Mining (OSMRE), which includes everything from the collection of fees from coal operators to the disbursement of grants for abandoned mine reclamation work and just about everything in between. DFM has been recognized for our financial management best practices. We are proud to hold the best record in the Department of Interior for “clean audit” opinions.
We are organized into four branches. See below for details on what each branch does.
Sean Spillane, Branch Chief
The Fee Accounting and Collection Branch (FACB) manages the collection of coal reclamation fees from the mining industry. This enables OSMRE to achieve one of its mission objectives of reclaiming abandoned mine lands. The FACB also collects civil penalties related to mining violations. FACB also maintains and reviews mining permit information, coal production reports and results of OSMRE audits of coal company records. For fiscal year 2014, FACB collected $203 million in fees with a collection rate of 99.9% on quarterly AML fees. Over 98% of fees and coal production were reported electronically using OSMRE's E-filing website. And the majority of the fees were also paid electronically. OSMRE’s user friendly e-filing system makes it easier for coal mine operators to report quarterly coal production and pay the related reclamation fees.
Scott Berens, Branch Chief
The Payment Branch makes all payments to vendors, intra-governmental agencies, and all non-payroll payments to employees. The Payments branch is responsible for:
- Working with the Acquisitions department to ensure timely payments to vendors
- Payments made through the IPAC system (Intra-government Payment & Collection System)
- Registration, training, support, and monitoring of the Integrated Charge Card Program
- Registration, training, support, and monitoring of the Concur CGE travel program
- FBMS vendor support
Vacant, Branch Chief
The Accounting and Financial Information Branch (AFIB) prepares regulatory reports, management reports, and audited Financial Statements for OSMRE. From 1990 to 2006, AFIB published OSMRE's own Audited Financial Statements. We received 16 consecutive "clean" audit opinions which is the best record in the Department of the Interior. Beginning with fiscal year 2007, AFIB prepares OSMRE's financial statements that are published by the Department of the Interior as part of the Department's Consolidated Financial Statements. AFIB is also responsible for:
- OSMRE's financial reporting internal control program
- Grant disbursements: Funds that are appropriated by Congress to states and tribes through grants for reclamation programs
- Investments: The $2.8 billion AML fund balance is invested in U.S. Treasury securities. The interest earned provides health benefits to miners through the United Mine Workers Association (UMWA) Health and Retirement Benefits Fund
- General Ledger accounting
- Financial data integrity
- Cost accounting
- Cash management
Judy Walls, Branch Chief
The Financial and Administrative Systems Branch (FASB) is responsible for development, testing, operation, implementation, on-going maintenance and security of OSMRE’s in-house financial systems that include: Coal Fee Collection Management System (CFCMS), Single Source Coal Reporting (SSCR), and eBudget.
The Branch is also responsible for the operational bureau’s activities as it pertains to the Department-wide system Financial Business and Management System (FBMS), FBMS helpdesk tickets, user security, and training for OSMRE.
FASB also is responsible for OSMRE Quicktime system administrator functions as well as assisting and training OSMRE users.
The Pathways Internship Program replaces the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP). This Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed. Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent job in the civil service. Additional information about the Internship Program and opportunities can be found at USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov/studentsandgrads/).