Brittany Smith


Brittany is a manager with CliftonLarsonAllen LLP (CLA) and is solely dedicated to CLA's public pension team. She has more than eleven years of experience in public accounting, including nine years specializing in assurance and consulting services for government retirement systems. As a Manager, Brittany oversees many of CLA's public pension team's financial statement audits and consulting engagements. She has been integral to the implementation of new accounting standards impacting government retirement systems including the implementation of GASB 67, 68, 74 and 75.  During the last eight years of her career, she has implemented and built out data analytical procedures on all of her government pension audit engagements and provided guidance to pensions on implementation of internal data analytic solutions.

Coordination of audits and financial statement preparation for plans such as:

  • Governmental multiple-employer cost sharing and agent pension plans
  • Governmental defined contribution plans of various structures
  • Governmental multiple-employer cost sharing and agent OPEB plans

Additional technical experience outside the scope of traditional financial statement audit engagements:

  • Consulting engagements focused around using data tools to review and identify anomalies within big data with significant experience working with benefit payments, contributions and census data
  • Audits of schedules required by GASB 68 and performance of related census data testing
  • Audits of schedules required by GASB 75 and performance of related census data testing
  • Various consulting and examination engagements with governmental pensions to assess controls and provide in-depth recommendations based on industry best-practices and accepted internal control frameworks


Bachelors of business administration with concentrations in accounting and international business and a minor in music from Walla Walla University in College Place, Washington

In the community

  • Certified Public Accountant, Washington & California
  • Certified Internal Auditor
  • The Institute of Internal Auditors
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • National Association of Black Accountants (NABA)
  • Association of Public Pension Fund Auditors’, Conference speaker (2019 and 2023)
  • National Association of State Retirement Administrators (NASRA), Associate member and attendee since 2023
  • Public Pension Financial Forum (P2F2), Associate member, conference attendee since 2015, and speaker (2018, 2022, and 2023)

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