Meet ORAU Employee Riquetta Brown. Riquetta is working as a Contractor at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She is an Accounting and Budget Associate in the Budget Execution Division (BED) of the EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD).
As an EPA contractor, Riquetta is studying the management of financial reports and accounting records, and examining their accuracy to find financial discrepancies. She utilizes both of the BED’s financial systems to enter accounting information—Integrated Resource Management System (IRMS) and Compass Financials. One of her major accomplishments was using data analytics to successfully create the National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory’s (NHEERL) budget and travel reports in Microsoft Excel to track spending from different divisions. She compared 2018 and 2019 fiscal years for NHEERL, creating a historical budget analysis to provide the numbers and charts that ensured two open commitments were not over spent on their budget. She also implemented corrective measures to ensure that accounting discrepancies did not transpire. Tracking BED transactions and preparing budget reports to reveal financial realities is important to the operational and strategic decisions that BED’s supervisors make. Thorough, accurate accounting ensures projects are completed on budget. Riquetta’s goal is to further her career in becoming an Accountant or Budget Analyst.
Riquetta graduated from Fayetteville State University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a minor in Finance. In her spare time she enjoys reading or writing poetry.