Cathy Nocera joined Cotton & Company in 1983 and was elected a partner in October 1989. She began her career conducting contract and grant audits, including indirect cost reviews. Since the enactment of the Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Act of 1990, Cathy has been instrumental in developing the firm’s federal financial management practice area. She has significant experience directing large, complex, long-term engagements, including financial statement audits, financial management consulting engagements, and systems-related engagements. Cathy often serves as the quality control partner for Cotton & Company’s engagements.
Cathy has expertise in implementation of and compliance with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Treasury, U.S. Government Accountability Office (U.S. GAO), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB) methodologies and requirements. She has significant credit reform expertise, in both audit and advisory capacities. In addition, she has extensive experience in budget execution, accounting operations, financial reporting, and audit readiness and remediation, and has successfully assisted agencies in implementing business processes to achieve efficiencies and accuracy within federal financial management.
In addition to her expertise noted above, Cathy has experience directing tasks to assist with the implementation or upgrade of federal financial management systems. She has directed engagements to provide assistance with user requirements, business process documentation and improvement, data reliability, and testing and validation both pre- and post-implementation.
Cathy graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration: Accounting from Old Dominion University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). She is also member of the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA), Association of Government Accountants (AGA), and Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).