Steve Koons joined Cotton & Company in December 2010 and was elected partner in January 2014. Prior to joining Cotton & Company, Steve was an auditor with the Office of Inspector General for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Prior to his work there, he was a senior auditor for the Government Accountability Office, where he reviewed programs and internal controls at federal agencies such as the Departments of the Treasury, Energy, and Veterans Affairs. He also led significant components of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission financial statement audit. Steve has experience with financial statement audits, internal control reviews, and congressional report preparation.
Steve has extensive experience managing consulting efforts related to budgetary and proprietary accounting and reporting. This experience includes advising clients’ senior-level management on a wide array of audit and accounting matters and new business processes, including implementation of Governmentwide Treasury Account Symbol Adjusted Trial Balance System (GTAS) requirements.
Steve received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and Management with a minor in Political Science from Alvernia University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He also earned a Master of Accounting from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, where he was a University Fellow. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in Virginia and a Project Management Professional (PMP).
Steve is a member of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) and authored an article in the AGA Journal titled, New Federal Reporting Models: Does Adopting a Citizen-Centric Model Mean Abandoning Our Roots? He is also a member of the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA), a Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB) task force on public-private partnerships, and the President’s Advisory Council of Alvernia University. He is a former adjunct professor of accounting for Northern Virginia Community College. He is a board member for Capitol Hill Group Ministry, an organization dedicated to helping individuals and families facing homelessness and other crises.
Originally from Palmerton, Pennsylvania, Steve now resides on Capitol Hill. In his free time, he enjoys traveling and gardening.