The Office of Financial Planning & Analysis (OFPA) leads ASPR efforts to aligned financial resources to its strategic priorities and conducts annual planning under a multi-year strategy, measuring performance and course correcting when necessary. OFPA formulates, monitors, and evaluates budgets and financial plans to support program activities and ensuring the efficient execution of ASPR’s financial resources. OFPA is ASPR’s primarily financial liaison to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources (ASFR), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Congressional Appropriation Committees.
OFPA also coordinates ASPR requests to Congress for emergency supplemental appropriations when needed, including most recently in response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, and the Zika virus. OFPA also oversees emergency administration and finance operations that provide Stafford Act expertise, financial tracking, and emergency administrative functions to directly support HHS responders and stakeholders in the event of a public health emergency. When the HHS Emergency Management Group is activated as Emergency Support Function 8 under the National Response Framework, OFPA integrates with the Emergency Management Group under the structure of the Incident Command System.
Finally, OFPA ensures the accountability and effectiveness of ASPR’s financial programs and operations by establishing, assessing, correcting, and reporting on internal controls, as required by OMB Circular A-123. OFPA also coordinates efforts to achieve ASPR’s goals in support of the Department’s implementation of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM). This includes promoting a risk aware culture; creating a comprehensive view of risks to drive strategic decisions; and establishing and communicating risk appetite. To this end, OFPA coordinates cross-disciplinary reviews of high-impact programs to identify risks that could impede the completion of the mission and to develop strategies for ensuring efficient operations.