Fort Belvoir, Va. –
Editor's Note: This article is part of the Asian America Pacific Islander Heritage Month series written by DCAA Employees.
My name is Bharat Poudel and I am a Senior Auditor for DCAA, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems Linthicum Resident Office. I was born in Nepal and moved to United States in 2008. I received my first Bachelor’s Degree from Tribhuvan University in Nepal in 2005, graduated with my B.S. in Accounting from University of Baltimore in 2014, and am currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from University of Baltimore and expect to graduate in December of 2021.
I joined DCAA in 2017 and have been involved in a variety of audit assignments such as forward pricing, incurred cost, Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) audits, centralized audits such as Reconciliation of Certified Financial Accounting Templates to the Consolidated Financial Accounting Template, and Consolidated Financial Statement. Our team recently had a kick off meeting for an Accounting System Audit and I am excited to gain that experience. I feel fortunate to work in a setting that promotes cooperation, collaboration and mutual respect among the team members, equal opportunity to all people regardless of their race, sex, national origin, religion, disability, and allows for a flexible work schedule that makes it possible to have a work-life balance. Through the various opportunities of skill development such as frequent trainings, career development opportunities, and academic development opportunities (I am very grateful to the agency for sponsoring my MBA study through its Civilian Academic Degree Program), I really feel like I have been expanding my skills, abilities, and potential to further perform better in the future. I believe DCAA’s strong leadership, teamwork, trust and coordination among team members are some of the factors that enable individuals like me to progress through their careers and explore new opportunities, gain new skills, and reach their full potential.
I grew up in a community that, at that time, was a countryside and had very few opportunities in terms of education and career systems. But my journey up to now has taught me that if one has willpower, hard work, honesty, and strong determination to do something, there are no limitations to progress and I am very grateful to the norms, values, and culture that I adopted to become what I am today. I look forward to making more positive impacts in the Agency and to its performance standards as a return for the privileges that I benefitted from while working under its umbrella.