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Project Manager Accounting

Vienna, VA
April 24, 2016

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Larry Achter

Oakton, VA ***** • • 703-***-****


Excel, Microsoft Office, QuickBooks, Great Plains, FRx and Power Point.


Metropolitan Healthcare Services Inc. 07/2013 – 08/2014

Operating Accountant

Responsible for Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable.

Prepared weekly invoices based on employee time sheets and job functions (over 500 employees).

Prepared bank reconciliation.

Managed cash collections for a subsidiary company.

Processed Form 1099 information reports.

Miracle Systems, LLC, Arlington, VA 10/2010 – 09/2012

Supervisory Accountant

Managed a Senior Accountant and a financial analyst, providing staffing support for the client’s understaffed Business Management Office

Monitored, analyzed and reported Payroll costs of over $78 million and staffing “Burn Rates” to prevent the office from exceeding their Budget and FTE ceilings

Calculated future burn rates through the end of the year, to identify options for management action to redistribute resources to avoid unfunded FTE or PC&B issues

Prepared biweekly reports on “burn rates” and remaining balances

Monitored appropriated and Fee Funded resources to ensure the agency maximized the available resources without exceeding the appropriation funds and minimize the amount of lapsed appropriated funds.

Managed and examined financial data from various accounting systems to provide monthly and quarterly financial and cost accounting reports

King Abdullah University of Science & Technology, Washington, D.C. 01/2008 – 08/2010

Senior Accountant

Managed an $85 million budget, directed cash management, financial reporting and month/year end closing statements. Processed EFT payments to universities and vendors.

Acted as liaison with international headquarters and delivered strategic and financial consulting and cost control

Challenged to expedite management of services at KAUST when administration offices were required to close for 10 days for religious observance. I received and processed 95 vendor invoices from foreign countries totaling $895K. These invoices were successfully processed on-time

Negotiated a settlement with the IRS on an assessed penalty of late tax payments. The fine was valued at $10K. I prepared several schedules to document financial history and 3 months of income statements which resulted in the IRS totally dropping the penalty.

Established rapport with creditors and negotiated favorable company credit card terms. I developed a pre-pay system to avoid travel limitations, and I was solely responsible for raising the credit limit from $50K to $1.4 million in 4 months.

Coordinated yearend audit work and requests with CPA Firm auditors. Prepared many supporting work papers.

Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C. 03/1986 – 12/2007

Accounting Manager

Managed a staff of 6 accountants and 6 clerical staff in the Reports and Accounting Section for EPA Headquarters. At the time, EPA's total appropriation was just under $7 Billion, with employment levels of 16,000 total staff and 6,000 in headquarters. We maintained separate general ledger accounts for each of the 15 Headquarters’ program and administrative offices. We reconciled cash with the U.S. Treasury each month, and approved all headquarters’ related payments.

Maintain accuracy of general ledger ensuring all posting models correctly recorded all transactions which result in correct general ledger balances.

Monitored budget to actual costs so division can plan strategies to stay on target.

Managed National Quality Assurance Program, overseeing the financial Internal Controls and directing 10 regional offices, and 4 finance centers. I reviewed and either approved or suggested scope changes to the annual review plans and recommending changes to ensure adequate coverage of all functional areas. These actions helped EPA receive its first unqualified financial statement audit opinion from their internal auditors.

Helped implemented the Government equivalent of Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Act procedures to ensure compliance with the Act.

Conducted year-end meetings, bringing together program and administrative offices to ensure a smooth year end closing and compliance to government regulations and the administrative offices year end schedules.

Developed ad-hoc reports to respond to congressional or executive level inquiries.

Additional Work Experience and Accomplishments

Coast Guard. I assisted on the implementation of a new payment system (FAST) for Coast Guard Districts.

Railroad Retirement Board. I was the Deputy Project Manager for creating the RPF for a new General Ledger and Management Accounting System.

Government Accountability Office – Staff Accountant. I developed an audit finding which led to a change in legislation, resulting in a recurring savings to the Government of $22 million the first year (1980). My estimate was $20 million, but the CBO increased the amount to $22 million.

Deputy Project Manager for Payroll conversion

Larry Achter, LLC

Adjunct Professor: University of Maryland University College; USDA Grad School; and Strayer College

Accounting Principles; and University of Phoenix –Math and Accounting Principles



Pennsylvania CPA License #11390 (Inactive)


George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Master’s in Public Administration

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Bachelors in Business Administration, Accounting


Combined Federal Campaign Finance Chair for EPA Headquarters 5 years 2001 – 2005

Combined Federal Campaign Co-Campaign Manager for EPA Headquarters 2 years 2006 and 2007

During the 2007 campaign, EPA Headquarters donations exceeded $1 Million

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