Uniform Guidance

January 8 | 2:00–3:50 PM ET | 2 CPEs | FOS: FIN


Speaker Bios

Maribel Langas Miller, MPA, CGFM

Division Chief, Financial Policy and Data Analysis, U.S. Department of the Interior

Ms. Maribel Langas Miller is the Division Chief for Financial Policy and Data Analysis for the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) in Washington, D.C.  She was introduced to grants while serving as a Supervisory Accountant for a local school district in Kodiak Island, Alaska.  Ms. Miller joined the federal government in 2000, partnering with program managers to successfully implement the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) largest grant programs across the vast State of Alaska.  She moved to Washington D.C. in 2010 to create the first FWS-wide Financial Assistance Policy and Oversight office, establishing grant policies and internal controls over grant programs in 9 decentralized regions then joined DOI to strengthen controls over $5 billion dollars of funding in 279 programs. In 2016-2017, Ms. Miller served as a Financial Management Leadership Fellow in the White House’s Office of Management and Budget where she led Federal-wide efforts to advance grants management initiatives. She currently serves as the Single Audit risk management subgroup lead under the President’s Management Agenda’s Cross Agency Goal 8, Results-Oriented Accountability for Grants. Ms. Miller is a graduate of the University of the Philippines, Diliman and the University of Alaska, Anchorage and Southeast. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting and a master’s degree in Public Administration. Ms. Miller is a Certified Government Financial Manager.

Carol Kraus, CPA

Director, Illinois Grant Accountability and Transparency Unit

Carol Kraus is a licensed CPA and Certified Grant Management Specialist.  She started her career in public accounting specializing in state, local government and nonprofit auditing and consulting in 1992. She has served in many capacities in state government starting in 2000. Ms. Kraus served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Human Services, and Co-chaired the Management Improvement Initiative Committee which was responsible for streamlining the administration of awards and grants for the State’s 5 Human Service agencies.  This Initiative was very successful and ultimately led to the passage of landmark legislation to implement statewide grant reforms with the passage of the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA).  

Currently, Ms. Kraus is serving as the Director of the Grant Accountability and Transparency Unit which  is responsible for leading the effort of implementing GATA - establishing uniform policies and procedures in a collaborative effort between grant making agencies and grantees to remove redundancies, duplication of effort and streamlining processes while increasing accountability and transparency throughout the entire grant life cycle.  GATA has resulted in saving the state hundreds of millions of dollars in centralization and automation in the implementation of 2 CFR 200.

Salim Mawani, CGFM, CPA

Senior Advisor, Dept. of Transportation

Salim R. Mawani has committed his career to improving Federal financial management through good governance, transparent reporting, and improved accountability.  Additionally, he has demonstrated leadership throughout his career to lead transformative innovation through collaboration and customer focused initiatives to reduce burden to effectively improve Federal financial management.   

Mr. Mawani is currently a member of Department of Transportation's (DOT) Office of the Secretary (OST) where he serves as Senior Advisor in the Office of Senior Procurement Executive (OSPE).  Specifically, OSPE is charged with overseeing DOT’s Federal financial assistance programs across DOT’s Operating Administrations (modes).  In this capacity, Mr. Mawani supports streamlining DOT grants process that complements Single Audit and Risk Management protocol to meet operational and financial reporting requirements.  

Mr. Mawani recently returned to DOT after completing a Fellowship with the White House Leadership Development Program to support the President’s Management Agenda (PMA) for Cross-Agency Priority (CAP) Goal No. 8 - Results Oriented Accountability Grants (CAP Goal 8) to ensure the Federal government maximizes financial assistance program funding by applying risk-based, data driven framework that balances compliance and performance.  As part of the White House Fellowship program, Mr. Mawani collaborated with OMB, HHS, and GSA to successfully develop an acquisition strategy to execute Reverse Industry Demonstration Days with participation of 19 vendors and over 75 Federal stakeholders that enabled a deeper understanding of the possibilities and innovative frontiers in technology in this space.  He also worked with the CAP Goal 8 sponsors to strengthen governance with this work stream by leading four sub-workgroups dedicated to support the strategy. 

Previously, Mr. Mawani served in DOT’s FMCSA as Senior Advisor to the Chief Financial Officer, to provide expert financial management advice, strategic planning and operations support related to the agency's financial management.  Prior to joining the FMCSA, Mr. Mawani also served as Senior Manager with the Smithsonian Institution and EY and KPMG serving numerous federal governmental agencies, and was Vice President with AuditWatch and Manager with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).

He has served in numerous leadership roles with AGA, including Washington DC Chapter president and Education Director, and currently serves as the Washington DC Chapter representative on the National Council of Chapters (NCC) and the AGA Professional Ethics Board (PEB).

Mr. Mawani graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS degree in accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM).  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Association of Government Accountants (AGA).

Thomas Chin

Audit Manager, Office of Inspector General, Corporation for National and Community Service

Thomas Chin is an Audit Manager at the Corporation for National and Community Service, Office of Inspector General (CNCS OIG). Thomas leads a team of OIG auditors and contractors who conduct a variety of program evaluations, financial, performance, and grant audits. He participated on various Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) workgroups, including Peer Review Guide, Financial Audit Manual, Audit Requirements for Federal Financial Statements, and Grant Reform. Thomas is serving as a Director on the Awards Committee of the Association of Government Accountants’ DC Chapter. Prior to joining CNCS OIG, Thomas served as a Senior Auditor at the Public Sector Practice of Ernst & Young, LLP, where he worked on financial statement audits of various CFO Act agencies and other engagements such as OMB Circular A-123 internal control assessments. Thomas has received multiple awards from CIGIE and CNCS OIG. He is a Certified Internal Controls Auditor. Thomas holds a BA in accounting and graduated summa cum laude from Marymount University in Arlington, VA.

Bert Nuehring, CPA

Bert Nuehring, CPA

Partner, Crowe

Mr. Nuehring is a partner with the public accounting, consulting and technology firm of Crowe LLP.  Mr. Nuehring has been in the public accounting profession for over 30 years and has been responsible for planning, administering and supervising audit, accounting and consulting service engagements for governmental, education and not-for-profit entities.  Mr. Nuehring has extensive experience with Uniform Grant Guidance compliance, compliance auditing, performance auditing, internal auditing, Enterprise Risk Management, internal controls, federal grant administration, and standards implementation.  Mr. Nuehring has presented seminars to a number of professional organizations on accounting, auditing and reporting issues in the public sector throughout the United States. Mr. Nuehring has also been a guest lecturer at the University of Illinois at Chicago on governmental and nonprofit accounting and accounting information systems.  Mr. Nuehring holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Business Administration from Wartburg College and is a certified public accountant and chartered global management accountant.

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