Jon T. Rymer

Prinicpal

Jon T. Rymer is a Director at Lynch Consultants and is responsible for the firm’s federal civilian agencies consulting practice. Mr. Rymer joined Lynch Consultants in August 2016. Prior to joining Lynch, Mr. Rymer was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Defense. Mr. Rymer led a staff of over 1500 employees whose mission is to reduce waste fraud and abuse in the programs and operations of the Department of Defense. He served in this position until January 2016. Mr. Rymer was awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service by the Secretary of Defense upon completion of his tenure at DoD. Before joining DOD, Mr. Rymer was nominated by President Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the Inspector General for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. He served in this position from July 2006 to September 2013. Concurrent with his service at FDIC, Mr. Rymer served as the Interim Inspector General of the Securities and Exchange Commission from May 31, 2012, until January 31, 2013.

Mr. Rymer is a Certified Internal Auditor and a Certified Government Auditing Professional and served for eight years as the Chair of the Audit Committee of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency. Mr. Rymer also served as a member of the Comptroller General’s Advisory Council on Government Auditing Standards (the Yellow Book) and he served as Chair of the Government Accountability Office’s Green Book Advisory Council. He served on the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board’s Accounting and Auditing Policy Committee as well.

Mr. Rymer has been recognized for significant accomplishments in the profession of auditing. In 2016 he was named a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Hall of Distinguished Practitioners and he was named one of the “Most Influential Federal Auditors” by the IIA in 2014. He was also awarded the Association of Government Accountants Distinguished Federal Leadership Award in 2015.

Prior to entering federal civilian service, Mr. Rymer served as a Director at the accounting firm of KPMG LLP, where he led an auditing and advisory practice that assisted clients on matters of business process improvement, quality assurance processes, and internal auditing.

Mr. Rymer served for more than 33 years in the active and reserve components of the U.S. Army. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy and the U.S. Army Inspector General School. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster and the Humanitarian Service Medal.

Mr. Rymer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Tennessee and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

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DATA ANALYTICS & DATA MANAGEMENT

We apply descriptive, diagnostic, prescriptive, and predictive analytics and then present analytical results using compelling data visualizations to help our government stakeholders understand the importance of the trends and insights that emerge. Some examples of our data management and analytics support to our federal clients include:

  • Department of Defense (DOD) – Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) – Assist with planning, executing, monitoring, and providing support to DLA’s finance and accounting systems and data environment and provide recommendations on managing data populations; extracting and staging data populations for analysis and reporting; and assisting in the identifications of risks, process improvements, lessons learned, and other ad-hoc support to data management activities.
    • Developed data loads and new data visualizations to establish a central, enterprise reporting portal to present key performance indicators to support business operations and manage cash position goals that help executive-level reporting and enable drill-down capabilities to help identify the root cause of performance issues.
    • Assisted in the delivery of Robotic Process Automations (RPA) to support financial reporting processes, enabling the elimination of manual, time-intensive tasks and repurposing their internal subject matter professionals to higher value activities. Automation facilitated the validation of a high volume of financial records with an increased accuracy rate compared to their human counterparts and resulted in DLA saving thousands man hours.
  • Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) – Process development for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC), Systems Division, devised a new methodology for collecting and reporting aligned data by examining existing reports and platforms and mapping elements to be joined in a single dynamic reporting tool.

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT & RISK ADVISORY

We work with federal agencies as partners on every project and bring a holistic perspective, deep knowledge of government operations, resource management, and specialized skills in program integrity, including advanced risk analytics. We want our partners to lead, transcend traditional processes, and grow stronger and more capable.

  • Navy and Marine Corps – Financial Improvement Program and Audit Sustainment – Provide financial management and internal controls across Headquarters and Fleet commands, supporting more than 50 workstreams aligned with business process standardization, financial systems and data integration, internal controls policy and execution and validation within the assessable units (AUs), and plant, property, and equipment (PP&E) accountability.
  • Department of Veterans Affairs – Risk management – Undertook a comprehensive revitalization of programmatic internal controls with the lead Headquarters element to build a sustainable methodology to identify, define, remediate, and report programmatic risks within the key program offices. The holistic approach included an assessment of organizational alignment with business structure, risk profile, and intended outcomes to provide Risk and Audit Optics codified in the Green Book and Yellow Book Assess impact of evolving organizational strategic orientation.
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development – Risk Management – Supporting risk assessment, management, and remediation of the financial management systems consistent with OMB A-123 Appendix D, and with remediation of material weaknesses that helped the department achieve an unqualified audit opinion. We support the OCFO, implement the risk management operations and simultaneously interact closely with the program offices responsible for the financial management systems and relevant material weaknesses.

CIO Advisory & IT STRATEGY

With federal IT Investments exceeding $200B annually and only having a success rate of approximately 50%, LC provides precise, sophisticated, and dedicated analysis to ensure our clients are effectively strategizing and acquiring the most needed advancements, as well as providing the independent oversight and governance to increase the probability of success. Some examples include:

  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)- Developed an IT Governance Board to manage the entire Select, Control and Evaluate SDLC lifecycle. Implemented a process where the governance board assessed and approved or denied every new project, required regular briefings to the Board and reviewed Annual Operating Assessments on developed systems.
  • Department of Transportation (DOT)- Supported the implementation of a new Departmental Grants Management System. Provided the Department with an 8-step approach to ensure documentation of all requirements, comprehensive assessment of alternatives, necessary Gap Analysis reviews, and delivered ultimate recommendations.
  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)- Created a Portfolio and Project Management Methodology that incorporated Governance, Project Management, Risk Management, and status reporting. We work with projects and senior leadership to ensure transparency in progress, status, risks, issues, and dependencies.
  • Department of the Navy (DON)- Focused on the Business Mission Area suite of systems, with specific emphasis on finance, property, and logistics in order to rationalize and streamline the underlying business processes and data flows for key activities, such as Acquire-to-Retire (A2R), Hire-To-Retire (H2R), and financial statements.

PROGRAM & PROJECT MANAGEMENT

The complexity and importance of federal programs demand rigorous application of project and program management principles and our consultants are leading the way. Program success depends on coordinating a diverse set of stakeholders to develop a common understanding of requirements, maintain clear channels of effective communication, manage expectations, and monitor progress, performance, and continuous improvement. How we support clients is detailed below:

  • Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) – Program management for projects as diverse as financial management, information technology, and internal controls. We work at multiple HHS Operating Divisions (OpDivs) including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
  • Department of Defense (DOD) – Armed Forces – Support for some of the largest financial management and internal controls audit support programs in the Armed Forces, including Department of the Navy (DON) and United States Marine Corps (USMC).
  • Department of Defense (DOD) – Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) – Delivering program and project management support for logistics and supply management, audit sustainment, and Business Process Analysis (BPA) projects agency-wide.
  • Defense Policy Review Initiative (DPRI) – Realigned approximately 25,000 Marine combat forces from Okinawa to mission-critical geographic locations across the Pacific to coordinate with military service components regarding crucial dependencies, such as Harbor enhancement, facilities construction, training ranges, and local government agreements.
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