William T. (“Bill”) Hughes Joins CohnReznick’s Government and Public Sector Practice as Partner, Federal Market Leader
New York, NY – March 19, 2019 – CohnReznick LLP, one of the leading advisory, assurance, and tax firms in the United States, announced that Bill Hughes, CPA, CGFM, CDFM, has joined CohnReznick as a partner and will serve as the firm’s Federal Market Leader. In his new role, Hughes will lead the firm’s Federal practice where he will be responsible for the strategic direction, growth strategy, client service, practice development, recruiting, marketing, and all other aspects of practice operations.
Hughes has more than 26 years of public accounting and consulting experience providing financial statement audit, audit readiness and remediation, internal controls, and risk management solutions to federal agencies and the private sector. Based in CohnReznick’s Tysons, VA office, he was most recently a Partner at Guidehouse (formerly PwC Public Sector LLP), where he focused on Defense and Civilian CFO and financial management transformation initiatives. Previously, Hughes was the founder, Managing Partner, and Market Lead of the Public Sector at MorganFranklin. In that role, he led numerous financial improvement, internal controls, and audit readiness programs for the Department of Defense, Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Treasury, Department of Veterans Affairs, and other Federal agencies.
“CohnReznick is honored to add Bill’s leadership and extensive professional and technical capabilities to our team of dedicated government auditing and financial management professionals,” said Frank Banda, CohnReznick’s Managing Partner – Government and Public Sector Advisory. “His expertise and track record in implementing effective audit programs and robust systems of internal controls across numerous executive departments of the Federal Government enhances the firm’s ability to help agencies improve financial performance, optimize processes, and ensure taxpayer funds are spent efficiently, effectively, and for their intended purpose.”
Hughes focuses on leading and managing high-performing teams on complex transformational initiatives for Federal agencies. He is a senior subject matter expert on external CFO Act Audits, Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness (FIAR) and Remediation, Government Accountability Office (GAO) Internal Control Framework (“Green Book”) / Office of Management and Budget (OMB) A-123, GAO Yellow Book (GAGAS), and GAO Financial Audit Manual (FAM) / Financial Information Systems Audit Manual (FISCAM) and Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) engagements.
“I am absolutely thrilled to join CohnReznick as its Federal Market Leader. The public sector is seeking world-class CPA Firm solutions that differentiate, embrace innovation and emerging technologies, and drive efficiencies that can and should be repurposed as mission resources. CohnReznick is ideally and strategically positioned to help Federal agencies solve critical challenges.”
Hughes is a member of the American Society of Military Comptrollers (ASMC), a past-President and member of the Association of Government Accountants – Northern Virginia chapter (NOVAGA), and a former Board Member of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) Green Book Advisory Council. He is a graduate of Canisius College in Buffalo, NY, where he earned a B.S. in Accounting.