james-jordan200.jpgJames E. Jordan Jr.

Director, Financial Reporting Division
USDA - Rural Development
BS in Accounting: University of Missouri-St. Louis
MBA: Webster University
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James has more than 18 years of experience with the federal government in the areas of financial management, financial process improvement, auditing, accounting, and support services for the implementation of accounting systems. He has spent the last 15 years of his career at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development managing the execution of the agencies administrative budget, loan and grant portfolio, daily operations, and cash collection and disbursements. James currently serves as the Division Director, Financial Operations Division. He began his career providing support to senior leaders and assessing and mitigating risk through independent internal auditing for the U.S. Army Audit Agency to include working with Company, Field and General Grade Officers at the Pentagon.   

James has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Rural Development Operations and Management Award as well as the prestigious Abraham Lincoln Honor Award. James has written and co-authored Office of Inspector General (OIG) Audit Reports, Agency Financial Statements, and memorandums that were used to create language in the 7 Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) published by the Office of the Federal Register National Archives and Records Administration. In addition, James has presented his work Affective Commitment in the U.S. Federal Government: A Qualitative Examination of Paternalism, Work-Life Balance, and Job Resources during a poster session at the Annual Engaged Management Scholarship Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

James has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Webster University – St. Louis, MO., and currently enrolled in the Doctor of Business Administration at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. James is a member of the national and local chapters of the Association of Government Accountants where he serves on the Board of Directors and is a member of the National Association of Black Accountants.

James lives in St. Louis, MO with his wife Elizabeth and together they have three children.