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CohnReznick Names Richard Leach as Director and Senior Advisor in Government and Public Sector Advisory


12/2/14

He brings 25 years of senior executive level government auditing experience to the Firm

Description: Leach - new photoBethesda, MD – CohnReznick LLP, one of the top accounting, tax, and advisory firms in the U.S., announced that Richard Leach has been named Director and Senior Advisor in the Firm’s Government and Public Sector Advisory practice. Leach enhances the Firm’s capabilities in providing government audit, accounting, and compliance services to U.S. Department of Defense and key Civilian Agencies.

Leach comes to CohnReznick from the U.S. Navy, where he served as the Auditor General for 14 years and was a member of the Navy Senior Executive Service for more than 25 years. During his tenure at the Department of the Navy (DON), he served as the Department of Defense representative on the Comptroller General’s “Yellow Book Committee” and implemented the internal control and audit plan for the DON Base Closure and Realignment Processes.

“In service to my country I was charged with helping the DON protect the public trust by ensuring efficient planning and execution of the Naval Audit Service audit programs,” says Leach. “In joining CohnReznick, I look to continue to support defense and civilian agencies in implementing programs that simultaneously meet the expectations of the public while also sufficiently controlled to withstand the rigorous scrutiny of the Government Accountability Office and the Inspector General community.”

“CohnReznick is honored to add Richard’s professional and technical capabilities to our team of government auditing professionals,” comments Paul Raffensperger, CohnReznick Advisory Group Government Services National Director. “His expertise in implementing effective audit programs and robust systems of internal controls in the defense and intelligence communities enhances the Firm’s ability to ensure taxpayer funds are spent efficiently, effectively, and for their intended purpose.”

In his role as Auditor General, Leach frequently met with members of Congress to discuss audit and performance issues; designed and implemented internal control and audit plans for the Navy; served as the Chairperson of the Defense Contract Audit Agency Oversight Council; and served as the Chairperson of the Defense Financial and Accounting Service (DFAS) Audit Committee.

About CohnReznick Government and Public Sector Advisory
CohnReznick Government and Public Sector Advisory is a strategic advisory and service provider to federal, state, and local governments. Our services include audit, accounting, and financial management; governance, risk, and compliance; program and project management; and disaster response and recovery. CohnReznick Government has earned a strong reputation for solving complex business and project issues; and for providing our clients with high quality service, technical expertise, rapid deployment of resources, and a collaborative work style to help clients manage, monitor and mitigate risk.

About CohnReznick LLP
CohnReznick LLP is one of the top accounting, tax, and advisory firms in the United States, combining the resources and technical expertise of a national firm with the hands-on, entrepreneurial approach that today's dynamic business environment demands. Headquartered in New York, NY, and with offices nationwide, CohnReznick serves a large number of diverse industries and offers specialized services for middle market and Fortune 1000 companies, private equity and financial services firms, government contractors, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. The Firm, with origins dating back to 1919, has more than 2,700 employees including nearly 300 partners and is a member of Nexia International, a global network of independent accountancy, tax, and business advisors. For more information, visit www.cohnreznick.com.

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