On April 16, 2018, the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) and the Association for Federal Enterprise Risk Management (AFERM) held the second annual enterprise risk management (ERM) workshop with federal government professionals. This workshop provided an opportunity for over 150 professionals to hear ERM thought leadership from senior government leaders and discuss with their colleagues how ERM can, and is, driving organizational value and enhancing performance. This summary report shares the information discussed during this workshop.
This article, reproduced with the permission of the Association of Government Accountants, discusses how Enterprise Risk Management has helped one federal agency recover from crisis and rebuild public trust.
In June 2017, AFERM partnered with AGA to present the 2017 ERM Workshop: Beyond Compliance, Driving Organizational Value. More than 150 federal professionals participated in this forum, to share progress and best practices related to using ERM to drive organizational value. This summary report shares the information discussed during this workshop.
Grounded in the President’s Management Agenda, this guidance will:
• Provide agencies the discretion needed to use Enterprise Risk Management and take a risk-based approach to internal controls over reporting;
• Eliminate over 100+ pages of burden and obsolete, overly prescriptive guidance to agencies; and,
• Supersede previous OMB guidance that may have provided a confusing foundation for audit criteria externally.
This is the second edition of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Risk Lexicon and represents an update of the version published in September 2008. More than seventy terms and definitions were included in the first edition of the DHS Risk Lexicon. The 2010 edition includes fifty new terms and definitions in addition to revised definitions for twenty-three of the original terms. It was produced by the DHS Risk Steering Committee (RSC). The RSC, chaired by the Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate and administered by the Office of Risk Management and Analysis (RMA), has produced a DHS Risk Lexicon with definitions for terms that are fundamental to the practice of homeland security risk management and analysis.
The RSC is the risk governance structure for DHS, with membership from across the Department, formed to leverage the risk management capabilities of the DHS Components and to advance Departmental efforts toward integrated risk management. The DHS Risk Lexicon makes available a common, unambiguous set of official terms and definitions to ease and improve the communication of risk-related issues for DHS and its partners. It facilitates the clear exchange of structured and unstructured data that is essential to the exchange of ideas and information amongst risk practitioners by fostering consistency and uniformity in the usage of risk-related terminology for the Department. The RSC created the Risk Lexicon Working Group (RLWG) to represent the DHS risk community of interest (COI) in the development of a professional risk lexicon. The RLWG’s risk lexicon development and management process is in accordance with the DHS Lexicon Program. Terms, definitions, extended definitions, annotations, and examples are developed through a collaborative process that is open to all DHS Components.
Definitions are validated against glossaries used by other countries and professional associations. Terms, definitions, extended definitions, annotations, and examples are then standardized grammatically according to the conventions of the DHS Lexicon Program. All terms in the DHS Risk Lexicon were completed using this process and represent the collective work of the DHS risk COI. The DHS Risk Lexicon terms and definitions will be included as part of the DHS Lexicon, and future additions and revisions will be coordinated by the RSC and RLWG in collaboration with the DHS Lexicon Program.
An audio conversation with AFERM members Tom Stanton and Doug Webster discussing: What is Enterprise Risk Management? How can federal agencies successfully implement ERM? What are some of the key challenges implementing ERM? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Doug Webster and Tom Stanton, authors of Improving Government Decision Making through Enterprise Risk Management.
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