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  Note: This election was concluded on November 9, 2021. 

Re-Elect Jeffrey Mounts

U.S. Candidate to the International Civil Service Commission

Jeffrey Mounts is the Comptroller at the U.S. Department of State and has served on the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) since 2018. His priorities will be to continue enhancing the Commission’s compensation methodology and improving conditions of service for hardship duty stations.  Mr. Mounts brings to his role as an ICSC Commissioner nearly three decades of financial management, human capital compensation, and executive leadership experience, including overseeing more than 240 compensation plans in place for over 90,000 staff employed at U.S. diplomatic missions overseas. This expertise has informed his experience negotiating complex compensation matters and developing strong connections to public and private sector compensation experts, and the United States strongly supports his second term to bring that expertise to bear on the important issues handled by the ICSC.

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Why the ICSC is Important to the U.S. Government

The United States views the work of the ICSC as critical to advancing two core principles:  1) protecting the integrity of the UN common system compensation practices from influences that work against transparency and accountability; and 2) maintaining and strengthening the high standards of and support for the international civil service staff.  As the largest donor of assessed and voluntary contributions, the United States seeks to promote responsible stewardship of compensation, which amounts to several billion dollars annually. The nomination of Jeffrey Mounts, a highly-qualified expert with years of experience focused on financial management and human capital compensation, reflects the U.S. commitment to those core principles. 

The United States deeply appreciates the work of the ICSC, which ensures that personnel, the UN system’s most important asset, are supported and compensated in a fair and transparent manner. Jeffrey Mounts has dedicated his ICSC tenure to this critical mission. Let’s re-elect him this fall so he can keep making lasting contributions to the Commission. I strongly support his election and hope we can count on your vote.


Jeffrey Mounts’ ICSC Priorities

“If I have the privilege of being re-elected to the ICSC for a second term, I hope to focus on the following priority areas:

  • Expand accountability and transparent methodologies for each component of the UN common system; 
  • Maximize the return on Member State investments in compensation and containment of costs; 
  • Ensure proper compensation for those who serve at the hardest duty stations; and,
  • Increase the mobility of Professional staff to drive organizational effectiveness and efficient program delivery, as well as staff performance and development.”

Decades of Leadership and Experience in Financial Management and Human Capital Compensation

Mr. Mounts brings to the ICSC nearly 30 years of government financial management and human capital compensation experience, including executive leadership and expertise in personnel and pay policies, worldwide payment execution and banking services, post-employment pension and benefit administration, enterprise systems development and program management, and global shared services implementation and operation.

He is currently the Comptroller and Acting Chief Financial Officer at the U.S. Department of State. Since assuming this role in 2020, he has led the Department’s global financial management activities, systems, and services, as well as advised the Under Secretary of State for Management on the Department’s worldwide financial management operations. Mr. Mounts also chairs the Department’s Management Control Steering Committee. He represents the State Department on the U.S. government’s Chief Financial Officers Council and serves in an advisory capacity on multiple U.S. interagency committees.

Notable projects overseen by Mr. Mounts while serving at the State Department include the implementation of a PeopleSoft Global platform to process payroll for over 60,000 locally-employed staff at U.S. diplomatic missions, and a new platform to process defined benefit payments for the Foreign Service Retirement and Disability Fund, as well as the development and implementation of two complex, multi-currency, global disbursing systems, which process in total over $65 billion annually in electronic& fund transfer and check payments.

Mr. Mounts’ previous State Department assignments include the Managing Director for Global Compensation and the Director of Systems Development and Maintenance in Charleston, South Carolina, the Director of Core Systems Development in Washington, DC, and the Director of Systems Development and Maintenance in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Professional Experience

  • Comptroller (2020–present): Oversight and leadership of the financial, compensation and working capital fund platforms to efficiently and effectively provide the required services, billings and collections. Responsible for reporting on $110 billion in assets to Congress and the U.S. taxpayers.
  • Deputy Comptroller (2018–2020): Improved transparency and process automation driving reduced costs and increased productivity into the administrative, compensation and financial platforms within the Department.
  • Managing Director for Global Compensation, Charleston Financial Service Center (2010–2018): Management and leadership over the payroll for 90,000 staff around the world as well as the implementation of a new defined benefit system and a new defined contribution system.
  • Director of Systems Development and Maintenance, Bangkok, Thailand (1996–2001): Implemented new worldwide electronic payment platforms for employee and vendor payments.

Professional Memberships and Awards

  • Member – Association of Government Accountants
  • Board of Directors – American Foreign Service Protective Association
  • Member – University of Maryland School of Public Policy Alumni Board
  • 2018 Presidential Meritorious Rank Award
  • 1991 Presidential Management Fellowship

Academic Background

  • Mr. Mounts holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law, a Master of Public Management (Public Finance) from the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science/Education from South Dakota State University.

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