Chris has fought for increased independence (necessary for a proper audit function to operate objectively) by starting the process to create an independent audit committee and change the current county auditor state statutes that impair independence.
Chris has increased transparency and audit-finding awareness by presenting audits to the County Council and Mayor.
Chris has strategically increased audit throughput by successfully working to get 2 additional auditor FTEs.
Chris has innovated the manner in which audit reports and findings are made available to the public through the use of social media and summarized videos.
Chris has engaged groups such as the Utah Taxpayers Association, Utah Association of CPAs, and local and state lawmakers to solicit ways to improve the office and implement those changes.
Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration Chris was in charge of executing innovative and complex performance audits of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and its key processes and controls. Evaluated how IRS handles emerging threats (e.g. backlog of returns due to COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent shutdown), and how it implements new laws enacted by Congress and signed into law by the President (e.g. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act & CARES Act).
Chris was able to conduct an agency-wide Webinar on how to get the Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE) credential.
Dugway proving ground: 2017-2019
Army's Installation and Management Command out at Dugway Proving Ground - Chris served as the Director of Internal Review and Compliance for two years.
Chris served as the principal advisor to the commander on internal control and audit matters. Ensured internal review services were delivered in accordance with GAGAS and appropriate DOD/DA policies and regulations. Directed, managed, and executed the full range of internal review services.
Chris conducted multiple trainings for management and those charged with governance on the Managers Internal Control Program (MICP).
Chris helped to educate non-accountants on the importance of internal controls and the key to reducing fraud, waste, and abuse.
Defense Contract Management Agency Chris spent the next two years working as a Cost/Price analyst to support the Trident D5 submarine-launched ballistic missile program.
Chris was invaluable in negotiations support in which, through his analytical abilities he was able to save the taxpayer $13.4 million dollars in a $139.1 million production order.
Defense Contract Audit Agency Chris spent seven and a half years honing his audit and analysis skills to conduct audits of a wide array of defense contractors such as L-3, Raytheon, Boeing, Elbit, Rafael, and Israeli Aerospace Industries, in compliance with GAGAS.
Chris was selected twice for highly competitive overseas deployments. The first was to Iraq for 6 months (without family). The second was to Israel for 2 years (with family). During this time Chris lead multiple complex audits in which tens of millions of costs were questioned and sustained by the various buying commands leading to direct savings for US taxpayers.
Chris was able to participate in the Defense Contract Audit Institute's (DCAI) Guest Instructor program training and teaching new auditors subjects such as Effective Report Writing, Statistical Sampling, and Regression Analysis.
Chris served on the school board for the American International School as the Treasurer.
Chris mentored several other auditors and help them to get various professional certifications such as the CIA, CFE, and the DoD's Financial Management (FM) certificate.
Chris was recognized on many large and complex defense contract audits for his contributions in saving the taxpayer tens of millions of dollars in questioned and sustained costs.
cpa firmS: 2006-2008
Pritchett, Siler, and Hardy - Chris performed audits of small and medium-sized public and private companies such as Beans & Brews Coffee House and World Trophy Outfitters.
Jensen and Keddington - Chris gained experience auditing the Larry H. Miller car dealerships throughout Utah, Idaho, and Arizona. He audited local city governments such as West Valley City and Riverton. Chris also had the unique privilege to audit the Utah Jazz (at the time this was the only non-Big4 Accounting firm allowed to audit an NBA team.