Improper Payments

Reducing Improper Payments: Leading Insights and Strategies

March 4 | 2:00–3:50 PM ET | 2 CPEs | 2 PDUs | FOS: AUDG

Materials/Handouts

Speaker Bios

Tom Rohn

Tom Rohn

Statistician, Defense Finance and Accounting Service

Tom Rohn worked as a high school Latin teacher for over a decade before switching careers and becoming a statistician.  He currently works for the Department of Defense Finance and Accounting Service and formerly completed a fellowship with the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, where he helped to write updates to OMB Circular A123-C, dealing with improper payments.  

He enjoys the outdoors, power tools, and is the proud father of a new baby girl!

Peggy Javery, MPA, CGFM

Peggy Javery, MPA, CGFM

Director, Compliance Operations Office, USDA-Rural Development

Ms. Javery is the Director of Compliance Operations Office in the Rural Development (RD) Office of the Chief Financial Officer, United States Department of Agriculture.  She accomplishes Financial, Policy, and Compliance oversight for RD-wide initiatives and its loan portfolio of more than $224.5 billion to bring enhanced economic opportunity to the Nation's rural communities. As  leader of  policy, internal and external control programs, Ms. Javery's over 80 employees operate to enhance RD's commitment.  Ms. Javery holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and is a Certified Government Financial Manager.  She joined the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) in 1998. Ms. Javery has held several positions at the National, Regional and Chapter levels.  She currently serves on the Professional Development Training Technical Committee.  Ms. Javery’s AGA past positions include National Senior Vice-President At-Large, Regional Vice-President, Regional Coordinator for Education, AGA Chapter Executive Committee as President, Co-Education Chair, and Website Coordinator. 

Steven Arias

Steven Arias

Supervisory Quality Control Specialist , SBA

Steven Arias is the Supervisory Quality Control Specialist at U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Prior to joining the SBA, Steven has worked for the Federal Deposit Insurance Company (FDIC), Office of Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and as an Analyst for various Commercial Banks. Steven is also a professor in the Department of Economics & Finance at National University’s College of Professional Studies. Steven has been with National University since April 2014. His research primarily in the areas of international corporate governance and capital markets, and work toward presenting research at academic and practitioner conferences.

Steven has earned a B.A. in Political Science from University of California, Santa Barbara in 2000, a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from California State University, San Bernardino in 2005, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with an emphasis in Finance from California State University, San Bernardino in 2007.

Tom Coleman

Tom Coleman

Acquisition and Financial Management Practice Leader, FI Consulting

Tom Coleman is the Acquisition and Financial Management Practice Leader for FI Consulting, where he assists federal clients in harnessing technology to improve their procurement outcomes. Before joining FI Consulting, Tom held a variety of leadership roles for the U.S. Department of the Treasury, most recently having served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Federal Financing Bank.

Having started his career as a Contract Specialist and later leading an OTA (Other Transaction Authority) as Deputy Director of Treasury’s Office of Financial Agents, Tom possesses a passion and deep knowledge related to federal acquisitions and purchasing innovation.  Tom received a BA from American University and a Juris Doctorate from the George Mason School of Law.

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