Michael P. Mertz, CPA, Director

Bio

Michael Mertz originally joined the firm’s Governmental Services Department in 2000 upon graduating cum laude with a B.S. degree in accounting from Rutgers University. Mr. Mertz is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant and maintained DoD Financial Management (FM) Level 2 Certification until his departure from the Department of Defense. Mr. Mertz recently returned to the firm after having served in financial leadership positions of increasing responsibility in the private sector for 6 years and then with the DoD, Defense Contract Audit Agency for 8 years. He now serves as Bowman & Company LLP’s Director of Federal Services.  Drawing on his background as an auditor for the Defense Contract Audit Agency, Michael brings an insider’s perspective to his work with the Firm and applies his unique set of skills to help Bowman & Company provide world-class service to the federal government and contractors alike.

Experience

Michael specializes in compliance examinations and has extensive experience in audits of commercial, governmental, and not-for-profit organizations. He is considered a subject matter expert in federal cost accounting and development of cost allocation plans. As a former Supervisory Auditor for the Defense Contract Audit Agency, Michael is well versed in the process, needs, and execution of federal contracts, as well as the challenges contractors face when working with the federal government. Michael’s federal experience coupled with his private industry and tax knowledge allow him to provide multifaceted perspectives and assist clients with their most challenging compliance issues. He has supervised hundreds of assignments as well as served as a technical and quality consultant, and instructed on statistical sampling at the Defense Contract Audit Institute. He specializes in small to mid-size closely-held professional service entities. His diversification comes from having served in both auditor and financial leadership roles for both large and small companies.

Membership in Professional and Civic Organizations

Mr. Mertz is a member of the national Association of Government Accountants (AGA) and the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJSCPA), and previously the national Society for Human Resource Managers (SHRM).