Wendy Morton-Huddleston is a Risk Advisory Services Leader and Principal in Grant Thornton's Public Sector practice. She has over twenty years of experience in project management, enterprise risk management, financial management, business process optimization, grants management, internal controls and strategic planning.
- Not-for-profit and higher education
- Public sector
- Operational and organizational transformation
- Financial transformation
Wendy Morton-Huddleston is a Risk Advisory Services Principal in Grant Thornton’s Public Sector practice. She has over twenty years of experience in project management, enterprise risk management, financial management, business process optimization, grants management, internal controls and strategic planning. Wendy currently serves as a senior advisor for several accounts to assess quality service delivery, methodology effectiveness, team performance and client satisfaction.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security (CISA)
Provide advisory services in data analytics, audit remediation and internal controls. Created efficiencies and effective controls within IT access, property management and payment management workflows.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secret Service
Provide advisory services in pre-audit readiness, post audit corrective actions and internal controls test of design, effectiveness and maturity.
US Capitol Police
Provide advisory services in establishing the agency’s first internal control program.
United States House of Representatives. Provide engagement oversight and technical acumen to guide the internal control team to perform remediation of open Inspector General (IG) audit findings, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-123 requirements, testing and implementation of ERM. Business process areas include accounts payable, acquisition management, budget and financial reporting. Provide strategic insights to the business transformation office.
Architect of the Capitol
Advise the OCFO on financial statement reporting practices, cost accounting methodologies, working capital fund options, ERM and internal controls compliance, testing, and policy development. Led the ERM implementation, development of a risk profile, conducted executive leadership training, and assessed risk maturity models.
Florida Division of Emergency Management Bureau of Recovery. Leading a team of 40+ practitioners to address grants management requirements for hurricane relief of Irma & Michael across eight counties of subrecipients (education, law enforcement, healthcare) to execute compliance reviews on behalf of the state for reimbursement from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) - $70M processed as of April 2020. Innovation includes the use of Robotics Process Automation and Tableau visualization to achieve efficiencies.
District of Columbia Court. Advised the Chief Auditor, CFO and staff on implementing and maturing a sound internal control framework. Business process areas include (financial reporting, general ledger, budget, capital projects, grants management, procurement, and payroll). Provide insights on financial statement audit readiness activities, test plans, procedures, and the Statement of Assurance process.
National Science Foundation (NSF). Advised the client on compliance with OMB Circular A-123 “Managements Responsibility for Internal Control” Appendix A, DATA Act compliance, pre audit readiness, risk advisory services, robotics process automation and best practices. Business process areas include grants management, financial reporting, budget, travel, and pay & benefits. Executed a fraud risk assessment in compliance with the Fraud Reduction and Data Analytics Act.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Advised the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) and other agency executives on a variety of initiatives such as the development of the first working capital fund with growth of $5M to 200M in 10 years, an Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) framework, governance, strategy, procedures, and practices to improve Statement of Assurance processes. Provided insights on operational efficiencies, performance measures, payment integrity, grants management and audit readiness.
Department of Education, Federal Student Aid. Advised the Chief Risk Officer of risk exposure threats to the operations of Federal Student Aid. Advised on the Enterprise Risk Management framework items such as organizational structure, functional statements, policies, procedures and performance plans. Advised on the operation of 26 business units related to risks, attributing factors, risk levels, and impacts.
Department of Veterans Affairs. Advised the Office of Financial Policy on policy and procedure improvements to enhance financial management and accounting directives, bulletins, manuals, and related guidance. Areas of focus included general accounting, assets, appropriations, waivers, debt management, and financial reporting.
Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Advised the Office of the Chief Financial Officer on compliance with the Federal Managers’ Financial Integrity Act and participated in various process improvement activities related to the Financial Integrity Review and Evaluation (FIRE) work papers, internal control database tool, and developed a FHWA-wide Management Control Plan to identify and document key assessable units, processes, control objectives, and risks.
Yale University. Advised the Office of the Chief Financial Officer on process improvements to enhance budget management policies and procedures for operating, capital, and funds management functions. Interviewed stakeholders, advisory committees, and working groups to validate policy purpose, disposition, standards, internal controls, roles, and responsibilities. Prioritized policy and procedure requirements based on best practices, audit criteria, and process improvements.
BearingPoint (formerly KPMG Consulting)
Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). Managed a $2 million engagement to assess DISA telecom configurations and recommended improvements to circuit management business processes. Managed unbilled revenue and inactive circuits to enforce inventory control and optimize Defense Working Capital Fund (DWCF) cost recovery. Developed DWCF financial and functional performance goals to achieve both business and customer mission objectives. Evaluated the condition of the DWCF during the budget year to measure program activities, variances and funding requirements. Confirmed that budget data adhered to legal and regulatory controls over the apportionment, execution, allocation and obligation practices.
Office of the Under Secretary of Defense Comptroller OUSD(C)
Researched and analyzed Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) Denver and Air Force specific financial management and systems guidance for potential incorporation into the Department of Defense Financial Management Regulation (DoDFMR). Consulted with policy proponents regarding status, usage, and content of guidance and provided disposition and rationale recommendations. Analyzed financial management guidance, OMB circulars and Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB) content for similarities, best practices and to establish appropriate placement for guidance.
Professional qualifications and memberships
- Association of Government Accountants (AGA) National President 2020-21
- AGA, Washington, DC Chapter President 2016-17
- Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM)
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) member
- Project Management Institute (PMI) member Project Management Professional (PMP)
- AICPA Women's Global Leadership Summit Committee Member 2021-23
- United Way Board Member, University of Maryland Accounting and Information Assurance Board Member and Alpha Kappa Alpha Ivy Community Charities Foundation
Presentations and publications
- AGA Journal 2022 'Crisis Management Imperatives' AGA Journal 2021 'Equity Matters' AGA Journal 2021 Trailblazers: Women Presidents of AGA, AGA Journal 2020. Government Purchase Cards and Controls, Public Manager, 2019 - Leveraging Enterprise Risk Management in the four phases of Emergency Management
- Executive Leadership Certificate, Cornell University
- M.B.A., Management, University of Maryland
- M.S., Finance, University of Maryland
- B.S., Finance/Minor: Business Administration, Norfolk State University