I have an extensive government finance experience in Accounting, Budget, and Management; undergraduate and graduate degree in Accounting and Management.
*Effective communicator who seeks positive resolution to problems through active listening and commitment to integrity - Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect, Excellence (ICARE) as VA model. Driven Supervisory Accountant/Accountant with 32 years' experience in developing and implementing programs in [description] business environments.
Account reconciliation specialist
Accounting procedures consultant
Superior attention to detail
Microsoft Office Suite proficiency
Clear communication skills
Management Development Seminar II: Leading Organization Financial Management Training Conference AGA 59th Annual Professional Development Conference & Exposition AGA 60th Annual Professional Development Conference & Exposition AGA 61st Annual Professional Development Conference & Exposition Planning, Programming, & Execution System (PPES) Training Federal Appropriation Law ORM Financial Management and Budget Training Conference Advanced Appropriation Law Seminar Certified Government Financial Management Basic Supervision Supervision Leadership Course Governmental Accounting & Financial Reporting & Budgeting Governmental Environment, Governmental Financial Management and Control & Governmental Accounting, Financial Reporting and Budgeting GSA Smart Pay Conference Accounting Conference Tactical Resource Management ASMC Professional Development Institute 95 Budget Execution Budget Formulation U.S. Standard General Ledger (USSGL) Department of Veterans Affairs - Policy & Procedures (Financial & Accounting)
Supervisory Accountant, 10/2000 to Current Department of Veterans Affairs - ORM-VBA-ALAC – Austin, TX
In 2014, the amount of 15% reduction in aged Undelivered Orders went from $20 million to $17 million a decrease of $3 million.
In 2014, items held over 30 days was reduced from $1.65 million to $.6 million which improved timeliness of Veteran's debt repayments that applied credits and rebates to Regional Officer's budget timely.
In 2013, played a vital role in discovering General Operating Expense (GOE) funds were being use for obligations and payments made to Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) employees stationed in Germany and Korea for living quarter's expenses and/or education expenses for their dependent children.
Approximately $959K paid outside the Paid System for Defense Finance Accounting System (DFAS). In 2010, selected and received the "Golden" Starfish from the Under Secretary for Benefits for the Paralympics Initiatives.
Maintained integrity of general ledger, including the chart of accounts.
Generated financial statements and facilitated account closing procedures each month.
Compiled general ledger entries on a short schedule with nearly 100% accuracy.
Analyzed and researched reporting issues to improve accounting operations procedures.
Trained [number] new employees on accounting principles and company procedures.
Supervisory Accountant, Department of Veterans Affairs
Implemented/suggested developed of accountants to be Subject Matter Expert (SME)s in all accounting, and especially Intra-Governmental Payment and Collection (IPAC) system.
Conduct detailed briefings on the adequacy and accuracy of managerial and financial accounting such as analyzing facility-level general ledger account to identify programs e.g., abnormal balances, lack of recordings, out of balances etc.; to ensure professional accounting practices are followed - performance measurement - suspense and employee performance.
Research cash balances in subsidiary and general ledger; works closely with Regional Offices to resolve financial discrepancies.
During FY 2014 - approved 4,000 Irregular Deduction and attorney fees financial documents for 56 Regional Offices via Financial Management System (FMS).
Work with the Operations Manager - oversee/monitor AmeriCorps $1.3 million dollars funding to ensure obligations and payments are review and provide briefing of status to Director of remaining balance of $169K.
Directly supervise as Division Chief of Administrative Accounting Division (AAD) staff (Region 1, and Region 2) - 13 accountants and 2 accounting technicians; review all financial activities and directly keep the Division Chief, Operations Manager, and Director informed on AAD operational needs to ensure all proper actions are implemented by subordinates in the most efficient manner.
Perform all administrative supervisory duties including writing performance appraisals, processing personnel actions, initiating award and disciplinary actions, managing training, and ensuring adherence to organizational policy.
Routinely conduct individual performance feedback, mentoring and career progress sessions with direct reports.
Utilize Agency finance and human resources governing directives and handbooks, the United States Code of Federal Regulations, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and various other regulations, to ensure all accounting, audit, and administrative operations are properly executed and reported.
Manage/analyze and provide Monthly Financial Reports to 65 VA Regional Offices, and Office of Resource Management (ORM) such as: Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Deposit-Suspense, Advances (Federal/Non-Federal) , Performance objectives and standards Evaluate employees performance Equal Employment Opportunity - all aspects of human resources management Hiring, employee development, work assignments/schedules, discipline, counseling and performance awards.
Participate in weekly Leadership Huddle meetings to collaborate on strategic planning and/or Audit - Exit conferences with higher management to discuss preliminary findings and recommendations - Internal and External Auditors.
Provides advice and guidance to managers and employees on matters regarding conduct and performance, performance measurement, grievances, EEO complaints, and other related issues.
Supervises assigned employees, Independent Development Plan (IDP) training and development plans, assigns work, review performance plans, leave administration, performance appraisals, provides technical guidance, and conduct reviews of subordinates' work.
Collection Unit Supervisory Accountant, 06/2000 to 09/2001 Department of Veterans Affairs-Mortgage Loan & Accounting Center (MLAC) – Austin, TX
As a Collection Unit Supervisor, I managed and supervise a small collection unit of eight employees by assigning work, developed work procedures consistent with Veteran Benefit Administration (VBA) policy.
Coordinated the work of staff, assigned, distributed, and reviewed work.
Developed and established work and vacation schedules.
Resolved problems related to the work performed by the accountants and accounting technicians staff, and employees disputes.
Also, I had to respond to audit information requests with internal VA Management Quality Assurances Services (MQAS) Financial Management Review (FMR) finding, external Deloitte & Touché to address other internal and external audit findings/recommendations in financial management functions, and continued to conduct business of the accounting function.
Accountability Trained 5 new accountants and arranged for or provided staff training.
Supervised and coordinated change workflow as required to meets deadlines.
Monitored work performed by 8 subordinates in order to meet established goals, objectives and target dates.
Determined training needs, recommended training programs and provide or oversee new employee orientation and staff training on new work procedures or operations for administrative and other support areas as assigned.
Communicated clearly defined tasks and expectations; work through problems and/or obstacles that may arise; measure performance by results rather than through direct observation; apply everyday management skills, such as assuring resources are available for tasks at hand.
Proactively researched technical tax issues related to consulting projects.
Accountant, 06/2000 to 09/2001 Mortgage Loan & Accounting Center MLAC – Austin, TX
As an Accountant, I managed four Loan Guaranty Stations - 344 (Los Angeles), 377 (San Diego), 348 (Oregon) and 452 (Wichita, Kansas) by analyzing and verifying financial statements and reports.
I ensured the data used to update VA financial records (general ledger, budget accountants and subsidiary records) are correct and recorded timely.
Prepared and input a variety of inter-fund transfers documents including expenditure, revenue and inter-station transfers.
Transferred documents that needed full explanations as to the reason and purpose of the transfer, with proper accounting data, and input transactions.
Any errors found in the review would be corrected and when necessary reported to management.
Accountability/Analytical Skills Verified the availability of funds under separate appropriation and funds for disbursement document.
Prepared the monthly reconciliation of subsidiary records and balance with the general ledger balances for the MLAC.
Ensured the integrity of the reports from Financial Management System (FMS) were reported to management of any possible problems or concerns regarding actions affecting stations funding.
Reviewed and processed a variety of collection actions including distribution of sales proceeds, accounting for funding fees, and miscellaneous collections.
Processed 50 cancelled payments, which encompasses all actions required to research, track, and record and when needed to re-issue the payment and re-post the data.
Researched the payment process and provided either written and/or verbal communications back to the originating station.
Reviewed and determined correct accounting transactions required for processing transactions on properties removed from inventory by some other means than Sales or Redemption.
ACCOUNTANT, 03/1999 to 06/2000 Finance Service Center (FSC) – Austin, TX
Trial Balance Accountant, 04/1999 to 06/2000 Department of Veterans Affairs (FSC) – Austin, Texas
I worked with a high degree of accuracy to meet tight deadlines each month; maintained an understanding of how the Financial Reporting team and VACO accounts team worked together to resolve issues and clear old accounts items, such as
MBA: 2008 Kaplan University - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Minor in Social Studies
Bachelor of Science: Bachelor of Science Occupation Education (Accounting), 2002 Wayland Baptist University - San Antonio, TX Occupation Education (Accounting
Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Loan Executive (2015) Loan Executive (2013-2014) 2014 Highest Per Capita Gift 20-39 Employees AITC Goal - $40k Reached Goal - $40k Loan Executive (2012-2013) AITC Goal - $40k Reached Goal - $41k Loan Executive (2011-2012) Chairperson (2010-2011) AITC Goal - $60k Reached Goal - $60k Co-Chairperson (2009-2010) St. Stephens Baptist Church, San Antonio, Texas - Member and Church Greeter (2013-Present) Child Advocates - San Antonio, Texas - Court Appointed Special Advocate for Abused Children (CASA) (2011-Present) Meals on Wheels (MOW), Austin, Texas Chapter (2009-Present) Volunteered for American Red Cross Volunteer, San Antonio, Texas - Hurricane Katrina (2005) Financial Advisor for 249th Engineer Family Members, Karlsruhe, Germany - Deployment of Soldiers to Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm (1991)
Promoted to [Job Title] in only [timeframe] due to exceptional department performance and strong leadership abilities.
Community Affiliations Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Loan Executive (2015) Loan Executive (2013-2014) 2014 Highest Per Capita Gift 20-39 Employees AITC Goal - $40k Reached Goal - $40k Loan Executive (2012-2013) AITC Goal - $40k Reached Goal - $41k Loan Executive (2011-2012) Chairperson (2010-2011) AITC Goal - $60k Reached Goal - $60k Co-Chairperson (2009-2010) St. Stephens Baptist Church, San Antonio, Texas - Member and Church Greeter (2013-Present) Child Advocates - San Antonio, Texas - Court Appointed Special Advocate for Abused Children (CASA) (2011-Present) Meals on Wheels (MOW), Austin, Texas Chapter (2009-Present) Volunteered for American Red Cross Volunteer, San Antonio, Texas - Hurricane Katrina (2005) Financial Advisor for 249th Engineer Family Members, Karlsruhe, Germany - Deployment of Soldiers to Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm (1991)