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Brown Smith Wallace is the largest and most experienced firm to provide consulting services to governments and public sector entities throughout the Midwest. Our Public Sector Industry Group professionals provide a variety of compliance, fraud and forensic, consulting, process improvement and internal audit and control services for public sector entities of all sizes. We help organizations working with diminishing resources remain accountable to their stakeholders. 

The team is made up of several subject matter experts and led by Ron Steinkamp, CPA, CIA, CFE, CRMA, CGMA. With over 20 years of experience, Ron has worked extensively with federal, state and local governmental agencies to develop, enhance and direct internal audit functions, implement process improvement initiatives, conduct compliance reviews, lead and perform operational and construction audits, and complete fraud investigations.

Our public sector services fulfill a wide range of needs, from specialty audits or risk reviews and fraud investigations to comprehensive enterprise risk management. We use a flexible approach that helps federal, state and local public sector entities effectively identify, assess and manage risks inherent in their organizations. Our public sector industry team consists of a strong government audit and IT audit core supported by value-oriented capabilities in a variety of areas.

Our services for the public sector industry include:

Please contact Ron Steinkamp today to schedule a public sector risk assessment for your office. In less than 30 minutes, you can learn your areas of greatest risk and begin developing solutions. For a deeper look at what our public sector services can do for you, click to read a real-life case study of how Brown Smith Wallace helped a county government.



  • During the year we have been worked with Brown Smith Wallace, I have found that their team has tremendous expertise in local government financial operations. They have demonstrated a keen understanding of our risks and worked with our city officials to develop sensible solutions to mitigate those risks. Moreover, they have provided us with a number of suggested “best practices” in day-to-day operations and have helped document the way we do things. I can say without question that Brown Smith Wallace has truly made a measurable difference for the City of St. Charles and its finance department. I would recommend their organization for any work for which they are under consideration.

    City of St. Charles
    Michael L. Spurgeon, Former Director of Administration

  • Brown Smith Wallace has assisted the Internal Audit Section of the City of St. Louis with various construction audit projects. These projects have focused on reviews of contracts, payment applications and change orders. These construction audits have improved internal controls within the city, and have subsequently helped save taxpayer dollars. We value the expertise and personalized service the Brown Smith Wallace team has provided us.

    City of St. Louis, Internal Audit Section

    Mohammad Adil, Audit Supervisor

  • Brown Smith Wallace has assisted the City of St. Louis in a review of its Internal Audit function in accordance with professional standards outlined by the Institute of Internal Auditors. The team from Brown Smith Wallace, led by Ron Steinkamp, provided the City with recommendations related to Internal Audit that should improve Internal Audit’s conformance to the professional standards as well as the efficiency and effectiveness in which they operate. I highly recommend Brown Smith Wallace.

    City of St. Louis/Comptroller’s Office
    Elaine Harris Spearman, Esq., Former Legal Advisor & Chief of Staff

  • For the past few years, Brown Smith Wallace has been instrumental in the effort to establish and maintain a strong internal audit function at the District. With the assistance from Brown Smith Wallace, the District’s internal audit function has been very effective in assisting Management with achieving proper governance while providing value-added input that benefits the operations of the District.

    Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District
    Todd Loretta, Internal Audit Administrator

  • Since 2011, Brown Smith Wallace has assisted the St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District (the District) with performing its ongoing internal audit function, which includes procedures to monitor, review, and test the activities of a $4.7 billion system improvement initiative to improve water quality and alleviate wastewater concerns that were identified and addressed by the EPA through a Consent Decree that went into effect in April of 2012. Their team has provided significant expertise in the areas of construction auditing that include engagements addressing construction and design contracts, payment applications, change orders, overhead rates, and safety programs. Their firm's assistance and expertise has greatly helped the District improve and strengthen the processes and controls over this very large system construction and improvement initiative. These efforts have been very effective in assisting Management in their efforts to adequately protect the assets of the District, thereby protecting the interests of the District’s stakeholders, which is vitally important. Brown Smith Wallace is a valuable partner and expert in construction audit services, and the District greatly values the services they have provided.

    St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District

    Todd Loretta, Internal Audit Administrator

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