CPA, CFE, CGFM VA CPA License # 44424 MD CPA License # 41301
Erin Meredith joined Cotton & Company in January 2016 as a senior auditor, and she was elected partner with the firm in January 2022. Prior to joining Cotton & Company, she was responsible for conducting financial statement audits for executive-branch agencies, participating in internal control assessments, and providing consultative services to legislative-branch agencies. Since joining Cotton & Company, she has gained experience in participating in and managing a variety of performance, compliance, and financial statement audits and examinations for—or on behalf of—federal agencies and not-for-profit organizations primarily funded by the federal government.
Throughout her career, Erin has developed extensive experience performing audits and compliance reviews of grant and contract funding awarded to institutions of higher education (IHEs), hospitals, and not-for-profit organizations. She has performed testing to verify compliance with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) criteria, including the Uniform Guidance and Administrative Flexibilities issued in response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, funding agency-specific allowability criteria, institution-specific policies and procedures, and contract/grant-specific terms and conditions. Additionally, Erin has provided consultative services to IHEs and not-for-profit entities to verify the reasonability, allocability, allowability, and compliance of expenses charged to sponsored funding sources. She has also both performed and managed attestation examinations to evaluate an organization’s compliance with the U.S. Mint’s Compliance Procedures for Surcharge Eligibility and Payments.
Erin graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a minor in Psychology from Salisbury University. She also holds several certifications, including Certified Public Accountant (CPA), licensed in Maryland and Virginia; Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE); and Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM). Additionally, Erin is a member of the Greater Washington Society of CPAs, Virginia Society of CPAs, AGA (formerly known as the Association of Government Accountants), and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).