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Catchin’ Up With...Doug Carney

Doug Carney
Doug Carney

Nearly 15 years after graduation, I am still reminded of my experience at the Perdue School of Business on a daily basis, both personally and professionally. For example, it was a presentation by the Naval Audit Service during my junior year that sparked my interest in auditing. I remember sitting in Caruthers Hall, listening to the speakers and picturing my career as an auditor. I envisioned each audit as a new and interesting challenge that would test my analytical skills and attention to detail. Plus, it didn’t hurt that my time in the Army would count toward federal retirement and most of the places I’d travel for work were near a beach. That fall I applied for an entry-level position and accepted a job offer over the winter.

After an introductory training program at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in mid-1999, I moved to the Washington, D.C. area. Over the next seven years, I visited Navy and Marine Corps bases from Florida, to Maine, over to Hawaii and plenty of places in between. During that time with the Naval Audit Service, I evaluated a variety of programs and processes from military contracts to environmental studies. However, it was Information Technology (IT) audits that really became the focus for my career.

One of my part-time jobs as a college student was working in the IT labs across campus and answering calls at the HelpDesk. So when the Naval Audit Service approached me about joining a newly formed IT audit team, I jumped at the opportunity. For me, this field provides the perfect blend of technical and analytical skills I learned at Salisbury (then State) University. I rely on my accounting background when reviewing financial information for indications of fraud, waste and abuse. Similarly, I leverage my computer experience when evaluating controls to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of sensitive data.

My next position was with the United States House of Representatives, Office of Inspector General (OIG) where I led audits in subject areas such as general and applications controls, data integrity, system development lifecycle and acquisitions. I have literally crawled in the basement of the Capitol and climbed to an attic under the dome to complete my audits. It was both an honor and a privilege to serve “The People’s House” for over seven years.

Recently, I took a position with the Government Accountability Office (GAO), OIG. The OIG independently audits and evaluates GAO programs and operations and makes recommendations to promote the agency’s economy, efficiency and effectiveness. Given GAO’s stellar reputation as an audit organization and leading federal employer, I am certain that this move will be beneficial for both my career and family.

Speaking of family, I met my wife Yvonne after I moved to D.C. We welcomed our daughter June Louise to the world in October 2013. We both look forward to sharing our love of food and travel with her. For me, those two interests intersected during a study abroad in Grenoble, France, with fellow students from the Perdue School of Business. It was my first trip abroad and it (literally and figuratively) gave me a taste of what the world had to offer.

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