Office of Budget

The Budget Office develops budget estimates and supporting material for the financial needs of the Service, coordinates and assists in presenting the budget to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Congress, and ensures that enacted appropriations are properly executed. The director is responsible for advising employees about and ensuring compliance with appropriations integrity rules, law and procedures.

Director of the Budget Office Will Shields

Director of Budget

Will Shields

Will Shields is the Budget Director at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS). As Budget Director, Will is responsible for formulating and executing the Agency’s budget of approximately $50 million; he serves as the Agency’s Senior Travel Official (STO); and oversees the Agency’s strategic plan and application of the plan to its operations.

Since travel represents a critical component of an FMCS mediator’s work, Will is an active member of the Senior Travel Official Council (STOC). In 2017, he participated in a GSA initiative to conduct an extensive review of Federal Travel Regulations and also represented FMCS on a six-person “Per Diem Boundary Working Group” panel. Will is currently serving on the ETSNext and Shared Services Executive Steering Committee. This committee is responsible for providing direction on the common processes, expectations, and decisions to implement ETSNext using the civilian End-to-End travel shared services model.

Within FMCS, Will most recently has been working with the Finance Director to integrate internal controls and strategic planning into the Agency’s new Enterprise Risk Management framework.

Will joined FMCS in August, 2006 as its management analyst. During his tenure, he provided data analysis, technical writing, and research support to every office and manager in the Agency. In July, 2014 Will was promoted to Budget Director and was appointed Acting CFO in January 2018.

Prior to joining FMCS, Will was Chief Economist and Director of Research for the HR Policy Association, a Washington, DC-based public policy organization of chief human resource officers. Before moving to the Washington, DC area, Will provided research and support to local governments through the Michigan State University Extension State and Local Government program.

Will received a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University in 2001 and a BA in Political Science from Union College in 1990. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali, West Africa from 1991-1994.