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David Cotton, CPA, CFE, CGFM

David L. Cotton, CPA, CFE, CGFM, is chairman of Cotton & Company LLP, Certified Public Accountants, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. The firm was founded in 1981 and has a practice concentration in assisting Federal and State government agencies, inspectors general, and government grantees and contractors with a variety of government program-related assurance and advisory services. Cotton & Company has performed grant and contract, indirect cost rate, financial statement, financial related, and performance audits for more than two dozen Federal inspectors general as well as numerous other Federal and State agencies and programs. Cotton & Company also assists numerous Federal agencies in preparing financial statements and improving financial management, accounting, and internal control systems. 

Dave received a BS in mechanical engineering and an MBA in management science and labor relations from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.  He also pursued graduate studies in accounting and auditing at the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business.  He is a CPA, a Certified Fraud Examiner, and Certified Government Financial Manager. Dave served on the Advisory Council on Government Auditing Standards that advises the United States Comptroller General on promulgation of Government Auditing Standards—GAO’s yellow book.  He served on the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Anti-Fraud Programs and Controls Task Force and co-authored Managing the Business Risk of Fraud: A Practical Guide.  He served on the American Institute of CPAs Anti-Fraud Task Force and co-authored Management Override: The Achilles Heel of Fraud Prevention. 

Dave served on the board of the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants and on the VSCPA’s Litigation Services Committee, Professional Ethics Committee, Quality Review Committee, and Governmental Accounting and Auditing Committee.  He is also a member of the Greater Washington Society of CPAs and serves on the GWSCPA Professional Ethics Committee.  He is a member of the Association of Government Accountants and past-advisory board chairman and past-president of the AGA Northern Virginia Chapter.  He is also a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Dave has testified as an expert in governmental accounting, auditing, and fraud issues before the United States Court of Federal Claims and other administrative and judicial bodies.