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•Charlie Cernat

U.S. Coast Guard Chief Financial Manager, U.S. Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer(Finance & Supply)Highly accomplished financial executive with over 20 years of demonstrated success in providing strategic, tactical and management expertise as a Contracting/ Financial Manager for the United States Coast Guard. Results-focused and effectual leader with talent for proactively identifying and resolving contractual/purchasing problems – balancing personnel and budget shortages, maximizing resources, negotiation and administration of contracts, and implementing process improvements.


US Forest Service

Contracting Officer

US Forest Service

June 2009 – Present (4 years 4 months)Federal Contracting Officer for USDA Forest Service (Supplies, Services, Construction, R&D).
FAC Level Certification

U.S. Coast Guard

Chief Warrant Officer (Finance & Supply)

U.S. Coast Guard

January 1989 – April 2009 (20 years 4 months)Kodiak, AlaskaContracting/ Budget Officer, USCG Air Station Kodiak, Kodiak, Alaska (2006-2009)
Direct planning and operating performance of departmental contract and purchasing functions in excess of $12 million annually. Provided decisive, action-driven leadership in coordinating fiscal execution of 4 Pacific Area Accounts. Property Officer of $38 million in assets. Warehouse supervisor of $38 million dollar inventory. Motivated and supervised talented team of 36 property custodians, 9 purchasing managers, and 2 junior officers. Conducted forecasting, budgeting, and development of monthly/quarterly financial statements. Administered all financial, purchasing, contracting & management systems, evaluation, and new application integration. Perform internal audits to ensure regulatory compliance of spend down requirements, fiscal year closeout, and ensured that procurement/ contract processes were within accordance of Government Accounting Office(GAO), Federal Acquisition Regulations(FAR) and Maintenance & Logistics Command(MLC).

U.S. Coast Guard

Chief Financial Manager

U.S. Coast Guard

June 2004 – June 2006 (2 years 1 month)USGS PRO MarinetteChief Financial Manager, Project Resident Office, Marinette, Wisconsin (2004-2006)
Directed all finance and purchasing functions for Buoy Tender Replacement (WLB) and Great Lakes Ice Breaker (GLIB) ship building contracts totaling $470 million+. Reviewed and modified shipbuilding contracts. Performed reconciliation and reviewed requests for Equity Adjustments (REA) and Engineering Change Proposals (ECP). Served as the Large Unit Financial System (LUFS) administrator and critical liaison for contractor maintenance department. Expedited daily operations including personnel management, government contracting, budgeting, procurement, and property management.

U.S. Coast Guard


U.S. Coast Guard

June 2000 – June 2004 (4 years 1 month)Selfridge ANGBChief Financial Manager, Air Station Detroit, Selfridge, Michigan (2000-2004)
Planned and directed $2.1 million budget, coordinating financial functions including accounting and contract management, property management, regulatory compliance, and forecasting. Structured and executed procurement, budgeting, and cost reduction procedures. Coached and mentored 7 purchasing managers. Formulated, justified and managed all financial and accounting data.
• Drove $75,000 annual cost reduction by strategically renegotiating all Air Facility utilities, hangar, and housing contracts.
• Facilitated timely initiation of operations at newly-constructed $3.7 million hangar by expertly coordinating procurement, shipment, and delivery of $565,000 in essential equipment.
• Contracting Officer/Purchasing Manager of $2 million annually.

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