Perry Kessler

Assurance Partner
Perry Kessler - government contracting accountant

Perry Kessler is a Partner in RyanSharkey’s Assurance practice. Perry specializes in providing assurance and business advisory services to government contracting and technology firms. He has more than 12 years of expertise in business advisory services. Perry’s most recent post was as Assurance Senior Manager for BDO USA LLP, a position he held for more than three years. Prior to that, Perry spent nearly six years at Argy, Wiltse & Robinson, P.C. (acquired by BDO in 2012), first as a senior associate, then as an assurance manager. Perry began his career as an associate at KPMG LLP.

Perry’s advisory specialties include design and implementation of audit procedures that are efficient and focused on adding value to government contractors; policy and procedure reviews; government contract compliance; accounting system reviews; indirect rate structure review; merger and acquisition accounting; and due diligence engagements.

Samples of Recent Projects:

  • New Revenue Recognition Standard Presentation: Prepared and delivered national training on the new revenue standard, specifically from the perspective of the government contracting industry.
  • Value-Add Integration into Audit Methodology: Co-led effort to streamline and integrate value-add procedures into the government contracting audit methodology at an international accounting firm. This effort led to an efficient and effective audit methodology where clients receive the benefit of an efficient process (potential cost savings, reduced demands on resources, timely completion of deliverables, etc.) as well as the added value of an effective process (best practices analysis, high-level indirect rate analysis, high-level cost allowability compliance review; identification of potential current or upcoming non-compliance with federal regulations, etc.). The resulting methodology was presented at a national accounting conference.
  • Audit Engagement Work Plan: Proactively worked with the private equity group ownership and senior leadership of a $100M government contractor to design and implement an audit plan specific to their unique entity (several recently acquired entities, none of which had been integrated) such that the historically late audit report was delivered on time and significantly under budget. This was done through effective and timely communication with all relevant parties (bankers, attorneys, valuation experts, and tax professionals) as well as application of the aforementioned enhanced audit methodology. Further, the resulting deliverable included recommendations for implementation of best practices to align with the quickly changing needs of the organization, including: the accounting system, personnel (accounting, contract compliance and human resource departments); interaction between operations and senior leadership/accounting department; and remediation of significant issues considered detrimental to the future sale of the entity.
  • Forward Price Rate Recommendation (FPRR) Preparation: Assisted a veteran-owned small business (VOSB) in preparation of an FPRR needed under severe time constraints. The VOSB was able to present the FPRR to the government in a timely manner, thus mitigating potential

Education and Professional Affiliations

Perry graduated from the University of Kansas with Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Administration, Marketing, and Accounting. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. Perry is an active member of the following organizations:

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Small and Emerging Contractor Forum
  • Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, Government Contracting Committee
  • Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Professional Services Committee

Specific Areas of Expertise Include:

  • Attest & Advisory Services to Government Contractors
  • Attest & Advisory Services for Employee Benefit Plans
  • Providing Services to Companies with International Operations
  • Providing Services to Companies that are Employee Owned (ESOPs)
  • Acquisition Accounting/Consulting
  • Policy/Procedure Reviews
  • Best Practice Advisory Services
  • Federal Acquisition Regulation Compliance Consulting
  • Developing & Delivering Instructional Material on Emerging Industry Issues