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Asian American Pacific Islander Month: Heritage leads Auditor to DCAA

By Shwezin Oo

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I am Shwezin Oo, an Auditor with Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA), McLean Resident Office. I am an Asian-American with a mix of several nationalities; Burmese, Thai, and Chinese.  My heritage and parents are originally from Yangon, Myanmar (formerly Burma). My great-grandparents on my mother’s side are Chinese-Thai and on my father’s side are Burmese. My maternal grandfather was an accountant and my paternal grandfather was a veterinarian.

My father, an investor in the hotel business, came to the US in 1989 to visit family and decided to stay. My mother was also an accountant at a bank like my grandfather until she came to the US in 1990.

I was born in the US and am the first generation to attend college in the US. In 2018, I graduated from George Mason University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, a major I chose because I love numbers. I am working toward my Master’s Degree in Information Systems and have one more year until I graduate.

I initially joined DCAA as an intern in 2017 and was offered a permanent position immediately after I graduated. After nine months as an intern-auditor, I received the “Month of the Eagle Eyes Award.” I have also earned “On the Spot Acknowledgment” awards twice during my internship period.

During my almost three years of experience with DCAA, I have done a variety of audits such as Forward Pricing Rate Proposal, Incurred Costs, Truth in Negotiation, Cost Accounting, and Paid Vouchers. For me, the challenge of working at DCAA has been learning a variety of things during a short period of time. However, I enjoy learning new things every day from my DCAA family. DCAA is an awesome agency that has a very flexible working environment, offers many opportunities for personal growth and development, and is a great place to work.