Divisional Administrative Contracting Officer, DCMA
Krista Larson was born in Aurora, Colorado to a military family. She was raised at various Air Force bases around the country. Krista has continued her family’s legacy of Department of Defense work and is currently a Divisional Administrative Contracting Officer with the Defense Contract Management Agency in Chicago, Illinois.
Krista started her government career as a summer intern while in college with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service in Cleveland, Ohio in 2009, where she primarily assisted with the first public audit of the financial statements for the U.S. Marine Corps. Krista was selected to remain working during the school semester at the conclusion of the summer internship. Following graduation, Krista was accepted into the Leaders in Motions program, a rotational leadership development program, within DFAS wherein she prepared financial statements and other accounting duties for the U.S. Navy.
As a result of the audit training while an intern with DFAS, she was then selected for an auditor position with the Defense Contract Audit Agency in Fairfax, Virginia in 2011. Krista worked with both large and small defense contractors while with DCAA. Krista focused on audits of forward pricing rates, contract cost proposals, and final indirect rates as well as audits assessing compliance with Cost Accounting Standards.
The experience gained at DCAA led Krista to the Defense Contract Management Agency, which she joined in 2014 as a Cost Monitor in Chicago, Illinois. Krista performed a range of cost analysis and estimating activities related to corporate level expenses. She was selected for a promotion to Contract/Price Cost Analyst in 2016, with a primary focus on developing and training others on forward pricing rates.
Krista transitioned to a Divisional ACO position with DCMA in 2018, where she actively engages on managing Government risk in contracting related to the operations of an engineering modification segment of The Boeing Company. Her primary functional areas are monitoring and negotiation of indirect rates, validation of cost accounting practices, and approval of the contractor’s business processes and systems.
Krista holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and economics from Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. She is Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act Level III certified in Contracting and DAWIA Level I certified in Auditing.
Krista currently lives in Mokena, IL with her husband and enjoys cooking and reading in her free time.