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Summary of Experience
Ernie recently accepted the position as the Chief of Staff for Rhode Island Lt. Governor Sabina Matosis.
Previous to Ernie’s new assignment, he was a partner at RSM US LLP and was the firm’s designated government, not-for-profit, litigation support, and higher education specialist with more than 37 years of experience. While at RSM, Ernie worked with the Boston Not-For-Profit/Public Sector Industry team. He managed the audits of numerous public sector and not-for-profit organizations, and provided technical assistance on accounting and financial reporting issues to these organizations. Ernie is a frequent speaker on industry related topics.
Prior to joining RSM, Ernie spent 16 years as the R.I. Auditor General where he was responsible for the State of Rhode Island financial, performance and fraud audits. In that role, Ernie was responsible for the $8 billion-dollar CAFR and overseeing the audits of the quasi-public agencies and municipalities. Ernie provided training nationally on topics such as the Yellow Book, GASB and FASAB accounting standards, and fraud risks for federal, state and local professionals serving government, not-for-profit and higher education clients. He has served in numerous positions as Chairman of audit committees including universities and the Department of Defense Audit Advisory Committee at the Pentagon.
Professional Affiliations and Credentials
Ernie has extensive experience with federal, state, and local financial and IT solutions for government entities.
Eric S. Berman, MSA, CPA, CGMA, has over 26 years of governmental accounting and auditing experience and is a partner with Eide Bailly LLP. Previous to Eide Bailly LLP, he was a quality control principal with a public accounting firm in California. His public sector experience includes being a Deputy Comptroller for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1999 to 2010, and the Chief Financial Officer of the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust from 1994 to 1999. Eric is a licensed CPA in Massachusetts. He obtained an M.S. in Accountancy from Bentley University. Eric recently represented the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) as the Vice Chairman of the Government Accounting Standards Advisory Council to GASB. He was the previous chair of the Financial Management Standards Board and is the Chairman of the AGA’s Audit Committee as well as President of the Boston Chapter. He also is a previous chair of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Governmental Performance and Accountability Committee and is a former member of the AICPA’s State and Local Government Expert Panel. He was recently named to the GASB’s Financial Reporting Model task force.
Eric writes the entire governmental accounting and auditing library for CCH including the Knowledge Based Audits – State and Local Governments, Governmental GAAP Guide, Governmental Practice Manual, Governmental Update Service and Knowledge-Based Audit Tools.
Eric is frequently called upon to consult and train state and local governments throughout the country on governmental accounting and auditing.
Thu, Dec 16, 2021 - 08:00am to 01:28pm EST
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