Brian Alten

Partner

CPA

BDO Philadelphia Office

215-940-7812

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Executive Summary

Brian Alten brings to BDO over 20 years of experience in areas of accounting and financial consulting for Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) across the nation. Prior to combining with BDO and establishing BDO PHA Finance, Brian was a Director at Asher and Company. Before joining Asher in 2005 and developing their public housing accounting practice, Brian was a partner with PHA Finance, Inc. and co-creator of “The PHA Finance Solution.” 

Brian’s areas of proficiency include the Public Housing Program, the Housing Choice Voucher Program, the project-based Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation (Mod Rehab) and New Construction programs, Capital Fund grants, Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD), Moving to Work (MTW), Homeownership Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE VI), Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS), Community Development Block Grants (CDBGs), and various other programs and grants, including Rural Business Development Grants. 

Brian has provided tax credit financial consulting to his clients, as well as mixed finance development guidance and Capital Fund Financing Program (CFFP) infrastructure instruction. He has helped PHAs maximize both subsidy and Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS) scores. Brian has been selected to assist agencies that were under a memorandum of agreement (MOA) or designated as troubled, and he has successfully graduated them from troubled status. He has also developed policies and procedures to improve the fiscal position of several PHAs. Brian has consulted with numerous authorities for the implementation of Project-Based Accounting & Management, budget development and operating subsidies. He worked with multiple stop-loss agencies, and was instrumental in assisting his clients comply with asset management.

Brian is a featured national seminar speaker on such issues as the U.S. Department of Housing and Development (HUD), generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), and he has trained both PHAs and HUD staff. Brian is also a contributing columnist and editor for a leading housing industry periodical.

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) 
National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO)
Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA)

Education

Post-Bachelor Certificate, Accounting, Philadelphia University 
B.S., Economics, Pennsylvania State University