Dowell Consulting, PLLC provides professional services to local governments on both a project and hourly basis based on the needs of the client and the nature of the task.
Finance departments in local governments are tasked with a minimum of: safeguarding public funds; levying taxes; purchasing and payroll services; capital financing and investing; financial reporting; and budgeting. In Washington, these activities are governed by the Revised Code of Washington, Washington State Auditor’s Office, accounting regulatory authorities such as GAAP and GASB, and city policies.
The resulting rules and guidelines can be difficult to implement due to time constraints or staffing experience, and turnover often pushes timelines off track. Dowell Consulting, PLLC can assist in catching the department up on operational tasks or by preparing required reports that require accounting expertise.
Hourly tasks are for those items that do not fall under a project, or do not have an easily identifiable deliverable or end date. Often these tasks are operational rather than report driven.
- Research and guidance on: GAAP, GASB, and Washington State BARS
- Year-end closing
- Reconciliations: fund balance, account, cash, payroll
- Process improvements: system integration, payroll processing, purchasing processing, revenue processing
Project tasks are often items that require accounting expertise and an understanding of local government operations. Listed are a few key services provided by Dowell Consulting, PLLC.
- Indirect Cost Allocation Plan
- Capital Improvement Plan
- Annual Report
ANDREA DOWELL, CPA
Washington State Public Accounting License: 29254
I began my career in public accounting with Moss Adams, LLP, a public accounting firm with northwest roots. During my time with the firm I worked out of two regional offices on both sides of Washington State, providing assurance services primarily for tribal governments, tribal casinos, not-for-profits, and universities. My work sent me across the pacific northwest and into the southwest, exposing me to a wide scope of work environments, cultures, and mentors, which enabled me to build a strong base of accounting concepts with a focus on governments.
I then transitioned into city government so that I could spend more time with my growing family while still building on the governmental accounting skills that I developed with Moss Adams. During my time in city government, I worked for two mid-sized cities, Issaquah and Mukilteo, both of which had programs and departments representative of many Washington State local governments.
I began Dowell Consulting, PLLC in 2016 after continually seeing local governments in need of qualified accountants to assist in times of turnover or to tackle technically difficult tasks that many municipalities do not have the staff or time to prepare.
When I’m not wearing my accountant hat I enjoy spending time with my family on the water or in the woods just like every other pacific northwest native. As boaters, we take full advantage of the San Juan islands and our beautiful coast, but living near the Cascade’s we also consider ourselves fair-weather hikers and campers. I strive to maintain a passionate and healthy work-life balance.
City of Mukilteo
City of Issaquah
Moss Adams, LLP
Senior Assurance Accountant
University of Washington
Bachelors in Economics and Business: Accounting
Washington State Accounting Resources
Governmental Accounting Resources