Brookings Executive Education

Program Series Finance for Nonfinancial Managers

Finance for Non-Financial Managers

What do program managers need to know about federal financial management? What are the linkages between finance and program management? This three-day course on financial management will help you learn how to be a prudent financial steward and how to better perform aspects of your position that involve working with budgets.

You will discover how to ensure funds are used consistently with their appropriations, develop a business case for outsourcing, and prioritize projects to maximize limited resources. Gain confidence and competence to maintain the financial health of your organization.

Tuition: $2,695

Location: Washington, D.C.

OPM Competency: Financial Management

About the instructor: Sallyanne Harper

Sallyanne Harper is the Vice-President and Executive Officer of AOC Solutions, Inc.’s Government Financial Management practice. In her current capacity, Ms. Harper is responsible for all aspects of strategic planning, performance management, human capital, administration and knowledge services functions. Ms. Harper also manages client engagements related to federal financial management. She previously served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer for the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the GAO, a legislative branch accountability agency serving the Congress and the American people.

Prior to coming to GAO, Ms. Harper was the Chief Financial Officer of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). At EPA, she was responsible for all aspects of EPA’s strategic planning and performance management, financial management and reporting, budgeting and financial systems. She had previously served as deputy CFO and deputy assistant administrator of management and administration and IT services. While at EPA, Ms. Harper also served as the finance director, as well as the director of Superfund Procurement. Prior to coming to EPA, Ms. Harper had been in increasingly responsible positions in major weapons systems acquisition with the Naval Air Systems Command.

Ms. Harper graduated from LaSalle University, Magna Cum Laude, with a BA in psychology and received her MBA in finance and investments from the George Washington University. Ms. Harper was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from LaSalle University. She is also a graduate of the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Senior Managers in Government program.

Ms. Harper is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) and is the recipient of a number of awards. Among other recognitions, she has received the prestigious National Public Service Award for lifetime public service achievements, the Elmer Staats Award, two Presidential Rank Awards, the Federal Technology Leadership award, the Frank L. Greathouse Distinguished Leadership award, the Joint Financial Management Improvement Program’s Donald L. Scantlebury award and the Association of Government Accountants’ National President’s award. Ms. Harper currently serves on the Board of Directors for NAPA and the Association of Federal Enterprise Risk Management.