The Executive Office provides resource planning, management, and execution, and establishes budget, administrative, human resources, and program governance and controls in support of the Office of the General Counsel’s (OGC) mission to provide legal services to the Department of Commerce and its operating units. The Executive Office formulates and executes the OGC annual budget; allocates and provides resources necessary to support the Assistant General Counsel Offices and Chief Counsel Offices; develops and implements internal controls and business process improvement; and develops and manages the implementation of OGC-wide human resources and organizational development policies and practices.
The Executive Office leads and manages program-based budget processes which include all aspects of budget formulation, justification, and presentation within the Department of Commerce and of OGC budget execution, including the management of reimbursable accounts and the tracking and reporting of financial commitments and obligations to ensure an accurate status of available funds. It tracks agency funding levels and performs analyses of various project proposals and budget reductions. The Office works with Assistant General Counsels, Chief Counsels, and Office Directors to develop budget and investment plans, and is responsible for maintaining official government property for OGC. Additionally, the Executive Office serves as the organizational liaison for WebTA, Property Management, JP Morgan Chase Travel card, and JP Morgan Chase purchase card, and ensures that programs adhere to established policies and procedures. The Office also prepares procurement documentation, including statements of work, market research, requirements documents, and funding availability for procurement and contracting actions. The Executive Office also acts as liaison to the Office of Administrative Services, the Human Resources Operations Center, the Chief Financial Officer, the Office of Acquisition Management, and other internal and external agencies. By establishing and managing authorized positions and hiring controls, the Executive Office provides common services to all Assistant General Counsels, Chief Counsels, and Office Directors for Human Resources and administrative operations support. The Executive Office coordinates activities to provide reasonable assurance that OGC programs are free from waste, fraud, abuse, or mismanagement. Finally, the Executive Office provides information technology systems support and has direct oversight of the Commerce Research Library.