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Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) Checklist Overview

This Checklist was discussed during the 2022 ERM Summit Session: ERM Audit Ready. The purpose of this exercise is to analyze the agency’s ERM capabilities as they relate to the CIGIE Inspectors General Guide to Assessing Enterprise Risk Management to more thoroughly assess capabilities and identify areas of focus for future development. Accomplishments and assessments should be considered on a combination of factors, including the agency’s risk profile, risk register, maturity model(s), as well as a SWOT analysis which may be done as part of the ERM team’s annual assessment.

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Pre-Audit Readiness Tool (PART)

This tool was discussed during the 2022 ERM Summit Session: ERM Audit Ready. The purpose of PART is to foster discussion about programs and/or processes subject to audit and identify opportunities for improvement before an audit begins. The use of the PART can assist management in fulfilling its responsibility for monitoring their internal controls and evaluating the results to ensure they are operating effectively. 

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Creating a Culture of Risk Management in the IRS

The RIMS Strategic and Enterprise Risk Center presents: 2022 Melissa Reynard Director of ERM at the Internal Revenue Service

In November 2021, RIMS presented the Internal Revenue Service with the society’s 2021 ERM Global Award of Distinction. The IRS was honored for its progress in anticipating emerging risks, the steps it took to create a more risk-aware culture, and ultimately developing an ERM structure to enhance risk sharing and strategic decision-making.

The honor was well deserved, as so much needed to be accomplished and implemented against the backdrop of an extended government shutdown, sweeping tax reforms and significant operational disruptions within the IRS itself caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The government agency’s ERM program assisted its resilience amidst mounting uncertainties and vulnerabilities.

To learn more about the ERM program, we met with Melissa Reynard, director of ERM at the IRS, who was on site to receive the award at the RIMS ERM Conference 2021. Reynard has served in the position since January 2020, and previously was a senior risk advisor in the IRS Office of the Chief Risk Officer, a role she assumed in 2014.

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Risk Awareness Toolkit for Federal Risk Practitioners

 Tips for Raising Risk Awareness at Your Agency 

The Risk Awareness Toolkit for Federal Risk Practitioners is part of an ongoing collaboration between risk management professionals from the Enterprise Risk Management Community of Practice (ERM CoP), Association for Federal Enterprise Risk Management (AFERM), and AFERM Small Agency Community of Practice (SACoP). This document provides several tips for raising risk awareness and will expand in the future to contain examples and lessons learned from agencies’ successful risk awareness campaigns. Federal risk management practitioners are encouraged to leverage these tips and future examples, customizing them to align with their agency’s culture, norms, and other characteristics. 

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U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) Strategic Plan

OGE is pleased to present its Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2022 through 2026. The Plan reflects OGE’s ongoing commitment to its important mission of preventing conflicts of interest in the executive branch. The Plan recognizes that consistency, accountability, leadership, and transparency are vital to the success of that mission. The Plan highlights OGE’s ongoing commitment to make ethics documents publicly available and a new commitment to reach a broader array of stakeholders to raise awareness of the systems and processes in place to detect and resolve conflicts of interest. OGE will use the Plan to determine its future work, set priorities, and measure success.

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