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Enterprise Risk Management for Non-Accountants Training Workshop for Government (ERM)

What the updated OMB Circular A-123 guidance and requirements mean for stakeholders across the mission and mission support functions

Thursday, December 1, 2016

This Workshop is Limited To Government Employees Only to Permit Candid Discussion.

The Press and Industry are NOT invited to register for this workshop.

 

Keynote Speaker:

 

Jim Taylor

Managing Director

Grant Thornton LLP

(Former CFO of the Department of Labor)

 

Guest Speakers:

 

Wendy Morton-Huddleston, CGFM, PMP

Principal, Grant Thornton LLP

President, Washington DC Chapter, AGA

 

Wei Tang, PMP, SMC, ITIL

Director

Grant Thorn LLP

 

Rex Booth

Deputy Chief Information Security Officer

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 

 

Alexis Wales

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

 

Jarvis Rodgers

IT Audit Director

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

 

John Scornaienchi

Director

Grant Thornton LLP

 

Marianne Roth

Office of the Chief Risk Officer

Transportation Security Administration (DHS)

 

Frank Petersen

Director, Quality Assurance Division

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

 

Erika Rissi

Deputy Director, Institution and Award Support

National Science Foundation

 

Hilary Cronin

Risk Management & Monitoring

United States Department of Education

 

Lori Giblin

Chief Risk Officer

Corporation for National and Community Service

 

Dr. Carole Cimitile

Senior Analyst, Strategic Issues

Government Accountability Office (GAO)

 

Linda Miller

Director

Grant Thornton

 

Chris Hare, CGFM, PMP, CRMA

Senior Manager

Grant Thornton

 

Robert Shea

Principal

Grant Thornton

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Meeting Location: 
Willard InterContinental Hotel

Willard Intercontinental Hotel
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington 20004
United States

Metro Center (Red, Orange, Blue Lines). Use the exit marked “12th & F Sts” to exit onto F St., then continue straight two blocks and cross 14th St.

Overview: 

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-123, Management's Responsibility for Enterprise Risk Management and Internal Control was recently revised on July 15, 2016.  Besides replacing the title, Management’s Responsibility for Internal Control the Circular requires integration of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) into the internal control framework, requires agencies to implement ERM capabilities and engages all agency management, not just the Chief Financial Officer community. 

 

This workshop is designed for the managers or executives in the offices which perform many of the core programmatic and operational components of an organization to hear about the new requirements of ERM within A-123 and what that means for their day to day functions. 

 

Participants will also gain an understanding of the requirements of the updated Circular including key dates for the initial risk profile (June 2, 2017), Integration with Management Evaluation of Internal Control (September 15, 2017) and ERM implementation (as soon as possible).   

 

Everyone has risks!  Come listen to your peers in programmatic and operational components discuss what they are doing around ERM and risk management. 

 

We will present very practical information about the federal government’s requirements for ERM and risk management and how to efficiently meet OMB Circular A-123 requirements.

What You Will Learn: 

  • The requirements of the updated OMB Circular A-123
  • How to leverage Information Technology Risk Management to Strengthen ERM
  • How Culture plays into a successful ERM Program
  • Practical Advice on how to incorporate risk management in your everyday functions
  • How to complete a risk profile
  • Emerging trends surrounding risk management and ERM
Why You Should Attend: 

  • The New OMB Circular A-123 requires “risk management” to be implemented throughout the government organization.
  • The requirements of the updated OMB Circular A-123 go beyond the traditional "Internal Controls" that were historically implemented by "accountants".
  •  This Potomac Forum Workshop will explain “Enterprise Risk Management” - OMB A-123 to “non-accountants” and refresh current accounting professionals on the requirements of and how to implement A-123 and more…
  • Attendees will learn how “Enterprise Risk Management” has been successfully implemented within the federal government.
Who Should Attend: 

  • Financial management professionals
  • Non-financial management professionals responsible for Risk Management/Internal Controls
  • Risk Management and Internal controls program managers and team members
  • Program management professionals with responsibilities in Managing Risk
  • Auditors
  • Risk Management and Internal controls steering committee members
  • Inspectors General and Staff
  • Chief Financial Officers and Staff
  • Chief Information Officers and Staff
  • Chief Procurement  and Acquisition Officers and Staff
  • Risk Management Staff
  • Chief Human Capital Officers, HR Managers and Staff
  • Managers, Directors and Senior Officials who have fiduciary/financial  and/or risk management responsibilities
  • Executives, Managers in Staff in functional areas who oversee, review or have internal control and/or risk management responsibilities. 
Agenda: 

 

7:30-8:30am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30-8:45am

Welcome and Introduction

Art Chantker, President, Potomac Forum, Ltd

8:45-9:00am

Workshop Overview, Objectives, and Training Expectations

Wendy Morton-Huddleston, CGFM, PMP, Principal, Grant Thornton

9:00-9:30am

Keynote Speaker

Jim Taylor, Managing Director, Grant Thornton LLP IFormer CFO of the Department of Labor)

9:30-10:45am

Leveraging Information Technology Risk Management to Strengthen Enterprise Risk Management

- Leveraging what currently exists in your IT control environment

- Risk management in cyber security

- Bridging the gap between risk management performed today and the requirements of tomorrow

- We have been doing risk management in IT. What points of integration do we have between this risk management and ERM?

 

Moderator:

Wei Tang, PMP, SMC, ITIL, Director, Grant Thornton

 

Panel Members:

- Rex Booth, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

- Alexis Wales, Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

- Jarvis Rodgers, IT Audit Director, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

10:45-11:00am Refreshment Break
11:00am-12:15pm

Practical Advice -- Reality on the Ground

- A panel of various non-CFO speakers share what they are currently doing in risk management and ERM

 

Moderator:

John Scornaienchi, Director, Grant Thornton

 

Panel Members:

- Marianne Roth, Office of the Chief Risk Officer, Transportation Security Administration, United States Department of Homeland Security

- Frank Petersen, Director, Quality Assurance Division,

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

- Erika Rissi, Deputy Director, Institution and Award Support, National Science Foundation

12:15-1:30pm

Working Lunch -- What work can be leveraged?

- Discuss the various ways you have incorporated risk management into your daily tasks 

-What challenges do you see in implementing the updated A-123

- Are there similar compliance requirements you complete that could be leveraged?

- What does your agency need to do to prepare for the updated requirements?

 

- Linda Miller, Director, Grant Thornton (Former Assistant Director, Forensic Audits and Investigative Services, GAO)

- Chris Hare, CGFM, PMP, CRMA, Senior Manager, Grant Thornton

1:30-2:45pm

How Does Culture Play Into A Successful ERM Program?

- Culture is a big part of the updated A-123 guidance, so how do you get a welcoming culture?

 

Moderator:

Bobbi-Jo Pankaj, CGFM, PMP, Director, Grant Thornton

 

Panel Members:

- Hilary Cronin, Risk Management & Monitoring, United States Department of Education

- Lori Giblin, Chief Risk Officer, Corporation for National and Community Service

- Dr. Carole Cimitile, Senior Analyst, Strategic Issues, Government Accountability Office (GAO)

2:45-3:00pm Refreshment Break
3:00-3:45pm

Exercise -- Develop a Risk Profile

- What is a Risk Profile, components of a Risk Profile and how to develop one

- Table exercise

 

- Denise Lippuner, CGFM, CPA, Partner, Grant Thornton LLP

- Linda Miller, Director, Grant Thornton LLP (Former Assistant Director, Forensic Audits and Investigative Services, GAO)

3:45-4:15pm

Presidential Transition Reflections

- Hear from an industry leader who knows what to look for and has firsthand examples

 

Robert Shea, Principal, Grant Thornton (Former Associate Director for the Office of Management and Budget)

4:15-4:30pm

Feedback on Class Expectations, Observations, Conclusions

- Were objectives met?

- Class feedback

 

Wendy Morton-Huddleston, CGFM, PMP, Principal, Grant Thornton

4:30-4:45pm Workshop Adjourns

 

* Agenda subject to change

Registration Information: 

  Early Bird Registration Fee until Nov. 15 AFTER NOV. 15
Government Employees:
(Federal, State or Local Government Issued ID)
 $ Now $795
Special Reduced Rates in Support of Government Budget Reductions
 $ $895
Team Rate for Government: Second person (and all other subsequent group members) from same office receives $200 off registration.
 
This workshop is limited to government employees only to permit candid discussion. The press and industry are NOT invited to register for this workshop.
Keynote Speaker: 

Jim Taylor

Managing Director,

Grant Thornton

(former Chief Financial Officer, Department of Labor)

 

Mr. Taylor is a Managing Director in Grant Thornton’s Global Public Sector practice, with 34 years of experience in government finance, systems implementation, internal controls and grants management. Immediately before joining Grant Thornton in June, 2014, he served as the IRS Commissioner’s Senior Advisor on implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA); prior to that he was a presidentially appointed, senate confirmed CFO at the Department of Labor.  He also served as Deputy Inspector General at DHS, as well as Deputy CFO at the Department of Commerce and FEMA.  In 2004, Mr. Taylor led the team that drafted OMB Circular 123; and in his subsequent role as Deputy IG, worked with DHS in identifying a cost and resource-efficient approach to meet their legislative requirement for an internal controls audit opinion. Mr. Taylor led financial systems implementations at FEMA, Commerce and Labor, the latter being the first department-wide cloud based shared service financial system in the federal government. His teams also achieved the first clean audit opinions at FEMA and Commerce.  Mr. Taylor was named CFO of the Year in 2011 by Government Executive Magazine, awarded the Donald E. Scantlebury Award for Excellence in Financial Management in 2005, and the Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive in 2004.  He holds a BA in political science/economics from Old Dominion University, and an MPA from the University of Delaware, where he was a Public Service Fellow.  

Guest Speakers: 

Wendy Morton-Huddleston

Principal

Grant Thornton LLP

 

Wendy Morton-Huddleston is a Principal in Grant Thornton’s Public Sector practice with over 17 years of experience. As a Financial Management Advisory, Brand and Solution Leader, Wendy advises Public Sector clients on financial management transformation, strategic planning and enterprise risk management. Wendy is the current President of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) Washington, DC Chapter and an executive sponsor for the Women at Grant Thornton and Allies Business Resource Group (BRG) and promotes the mission of recruitment, retention and advancement of women into leadership positions.   

 

Wendy is a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) and Project Management Professional (PMP). Wendy holds a B.S. in Finance - Norfolk State University, MBA in Management, M.S in Finance – University of Maryland and an Executive Leadership Certificate from Cornell University. Wendy is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, National Association for Female Executives, and the Project Management Institute. 

 

Publications

Association of Government Accountants Journal of Government Financial Management, Winter 2016.  Sustaining Improper Payment Prevention Programs.

 

Association of Government Accountants Journal of Government Financial Management, Summer 2016.  Rolling the Dice with that Government Card?  Not so Fast. 

 

Journal of the National Grants Management Association - Spring 2016.  Government Accountability Office (GAO) Standards for Internal Control in the Federal Government (Green Book) and Grants Management Lifecycle Examples.

 

 

 

Wei Tang, PMP, SMC, ITIL

Director
Grant Thornton LLP

 

Mr. Tang leads the IT Strategy and Governance practice at Grant Thornton LLP. He has extensive experiences in managing IT budget and performance for his public and private sectors’ clients from $40 million to $4 billion. He helped his clients to achieve their business goals by defining strategies, formulating portfolios, prioritizing IT investments, justifying budget and allocating resources. Mr. Tang facilitated IT governance boards to analyze risk and reward trade-off of IT investments and measure performance of those investments. He implemented governance structures, risk management, cost models, processes and tools for his clients to improve efficiency. Mr. Tang is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified Scrum Master (SMC).

Rex Booth

 

Deputy Chief Information Security Officer

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC)

 

Mr. Booth joined the US Federal agency PBGC in 2015 as the Deputy CISO, helping the agency protect the retirement incomes of 40 million American workers. In his more than fifteen years of experience, he has been a developer, a consultant, a vendor, and a leader. He’s worked across industries and sectors, created numerous IT and security tools, improved countless processes, and supported lots of clients. Former employers include Mandiant, Grant Thornton, CSC, and KPMG. Mr. Booth has presented on the topic of information security to various institutions including AGA, ISACA, the DOJ and NASA. He participated in the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) for several years, including serving as chair of the global industry committee. Outside of work, he spends his time mountain biking, hiking, and generally being outdoors with his family.

Alexis Wales

Branch Chief, Cybersecurity Governance

Federal Network Resilience

Office of Cybersecurity and Communications

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

 

Within the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications at the Department of Homeland Security, Ms. Alexis Wales supports the Federal Network Resilience Division as both the Governance and Training lead and the Deputy Chief of Cybersecurity Performance Management.  In her roles, she is charged with providing Federal civilian agencies with a better understanding of their cybersecurity risk posture and provides oversight entities (OMB, IGs, GAO, Congress) with insights into cybersecurity maturity across the Executive Branch. One of the key challenges facing government organizations is the breadth and complexity of the task they are charged with: securing their networks and achieving network resilience. The concept of network resilience expands upon the traditional definitions of “cybersecurity” by going beyond technical controls and IT operations. Ms. Wales and her team focus on the convergence of IT operations, information security, and business continuity.

 

From 2011-2015, Ms. Wales was the Department’s Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Program’s senior program manager.  The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program is a set of federal security regulations for high-risk chemical facilities, ensuring risk-based performance standards are met through the development and implementation of Site Security Plans or Alternative Security Programs.

 

From 2009-2011, Ms. Wales was a program manager at the Homeland Infrastructure Threat and Risk Analysis Center (HITRAC), an all-hazards analytic resource for public and private sector partners covering the full-array of risks and challenges facing the infrastructure community. As program manager, she helped manage the Department’s advanced modeling, simulation, and analysis program at the National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center (NISAC), where researchers from the Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories conduct analysis of the Nation’s most complex infrastructure challenges.

 

Prior to her time with the DHS, Ms. Wales spent several years working for the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University, focusing on international biosecurity challenges. 

 

Ms. Wales has an M.A. in Security Policy Studies from the George Washington University and a dual B.A. in History and Anthropology from Brandeis University.

Jarvis Rodgers

Information Technology Audit Director

Office of Inspector General (OIG)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

 

Jarvis Rodgers is the Information Technology Audit Director at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG). Jarvis leads a team of talented IT auditors and security analysts who conduct independent IT audits and penetration tests of HHS’s 12 operating divisions and grant recipients. A key component of IT auditing includes an evaluation of internal controls and risk assessments. Jarvis has 15 years of experience conducting IT audits of large and small agencies: Department of Agriculture, Department of Interior, National Credit Union Administration and The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

 

Jarvis holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems and a master’s degree in Business Administration. He is also a Certified Information Systems Auditor and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.

John Scornaienchi

Senior Manager, Grant Thornton

 

John Scornaienchi has served as the Project Manager since 2008 supporting the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in complying with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-123. Mr. Scornaienchi also supports CMS’ Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) and the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).  CCIIO is the principal Center managing Healthcare.gov and the related Marketplace Exchanges; CMMI is responsible for testing and overseeing payment and service delivery models to achieve better care and lower costs for our health care system. Mr. Scornaienchi also supports the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the assessment of improper payments pursuant to the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Improvement Act (IPERIA).  He recently authored the white paper on improper payments:  ‘OMB Overhauls Guidance with Release of Revised A-123, Appendix C’ in February 2015. 

Marianne Roth

Enterprise Risk Management Branch Manager
Office of the Chief Risk Officer

DHS

 

Marianne Roth is the Branch Manager for Enterprise Risk Management within the Office of the Chief Risk Officer in the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  She is responsible for implementing enterprise risk management (ERM) across all operations within the agency.  

 

From February 2009-December 2014, Marianne was the Director of the DHS Efficiency Review (DHS ER) in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  She was responsible for managing a Department-wide program to improve DHS operations by reducing costs, streamlining processes, eliminating duplication, and increasing communication and collaboration.  Marianne oversaw the implementation of 46 DHS ER initiatives across the Department and identified more than $4 billion in cost avoidances.  The DHS ER was recognized by Vice President Biden as a model program for all federal agencies.

 

In 2008, Marianne was selected to serve on the first DHS Presidential Transition Team.  She was responsible for helping to educate and prepare the new DHS leadership.  In this role, Marianne led the development of briefing books for the incoming Secretary and DHS leadership.

 

Marianne joined DHS in 2007 as a Program Manager in the Office of the Deputy Administrator, TSA.  In this position, she was responsible for developing, designing, and leading the implementation of high complexity and high visibility programs that impact TSA’s management and operations at a national level.  Marianne served as a technical expert to TSA senior executives in guiding the implementation of innovative and complex initiatives at TSA.  She managed many small to large-sized teams, monitored project budgets, ensured fulfillment of project and client requirements, and was accountable for project quality control.  

 

Prior to joining DHS, Marianne worked with BearingPoint, Booz Allen Hamilton, and TATC Consulting where she led many complex process improvement/reengineering and organizational redesign engagements for diverse Federal clients including U.S. Department of State, U.S. Navy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of the Treasury, and U.S. Department of Labor.  Marianne holds a MA in Political Science from the University of Connecticut and a BA in Government from Franklin and Marshall College.  
 

Frank Petersen

Director, Quality Assurance Division,
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
 

Mr. Petersen is the Director of Quality Assurance for NASA. He is responsible for ensuring that sound financial management practices are being followed and that internal controls over financial activities are in place and operating effectively. Mr. Petersen was instrumental in NASA earning an unmodified (clean opinion) in FY 2013, 2012 and 2011 which was NASA’s first clean opinion since 2002. Prior to Joining NASA, Mr. Petersen was the Director of the A-123 Appendix-A implementation at the U. S. Department of Education. Prior to joining the Department of Education in 2001, Mr. Petersen worked in the private sector for over twenty years at several Certified Public Accounting and Management Consulting firms. Mr. Petersen specialized in financial management consulting with the Federal Government that led to significant experience in many facets of the accounting and management-consulting arena. This includes significant experience performing compliance reviews, leading special projects and conducting evaluations focused on program structure and underlying internal controls. Mr. Petersen is a Certified Government Financial Manager and holds a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from The George Washington University. He also holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Accounting.

Erika Rissi

Deputy Director, Institution and Award Support

National Science Foundation

 

Ms. Erika Rissi is Deputy Division Director, Division of Institution and Award Support within the Office of Budget, Finance and Award Management.

 

Ms. Rissi previously served as Staff Associate for the Division of Institution and Award Support. She was the Business Office Lead for Research.gov, NSF's new platform for grants management and the modernization of FastLane. She oversaw the strategy for modernizing NSF's legacy proposal and award management processes and systems. She was the business lead on key information technology modernization projects that directly served the needs of the research community, such as development of the Research Performance Progress Report and automated proposal compliance checking. Ms. Rissi also provided management advice to senior leadership on broad program issues, communications, information technology, public affairs, financial management, and business process re-engineering.

 

Prior to joining NSF, Erika was a senior strategy consultant with SRA International's Touchstone Consulting Group where she worked with NSF, the General Services Administration, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and other federal customers. As a consultant, Ms. Rissi supported development of the strategy and business case for numerous e-Government initiatives and led activities to develop greater standardization of grants processes across the Federal government.

Denise Lippuner

Partner,

Grant Thornton

 

Denise Lippuner is a partner at Grant Thornton and is responsible for leading its Public Sector Financial Management Advisory Services. She began her career with the Government Accountability Office performing pre-CFO Act audits, which inspired her to help public sector organizations improve their financial management processes. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Denise was a partner at IBM Global Business Services where she led their Public Sector Risk and Compliance Practice. She also worked at PwC, Coopers and Lybrand and Pricewaterhouse as a consultant and an auditor. Denise is a co-author of Managing Public Dollars, has presented at numerous conferences as a speaker on financial and risk management, and has contributed to several research papers and articles. In addition, she has been a reviewer for the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting (CEAR) Award Program. Denise graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Accounting and is a CPA and CGFM.

Bobbi-Jo Pankaj, CGFM, PMP

Director,

Global Public Sector

Grant Thornton LLP

 

Mrs. Pankaj is a Director in Grant Thornton Global Public Sector with over fifteen years’ experience in financial management and systems review and implementation in the public and private sector. She is a Certified Governmental Financial Manager (CGFM) and Project Management Professional (PMP). For the past eleven years she has focused on internal controls, risk management, process documentation, and training with an emphasis on OMB Circular A-123, Appendices A, B and C at organizations such as the Department of Transportation (DOT), United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA), United States Patent and Trade Office (USPTO), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  In addition to internal controls, Ms. Pankaj also has experience in COTS system implementations, requirements gathering, business process reengineering, process improvement strategy, and development of policies and procedures.

Hilary Cronin

Risk Management & Monitoring

United States Department of Education

 

Ms. Hilary Cronin is a federal business management professional of more than 20 years who enthusiastically leads teams to solve the impossible and provides expert advice to senior executive leaders concerning complete, lean solutions to systemic business management problems. Presently, she leads Program Risk Management & Monitoring for the Risk Management Service within the Office of the Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Education by managing a risk-focused data analytics team.

Lori Giblin

Chief Risk Officer

Corporation for National and Community Service

 

Lori Giblin serves as the U.S. Corporation for National and Community Service’s (CNCS) Chief Risk Officer with responsibility over the agency’s four primary risk assessment programs.   CNCS’s risk framework comprises enterprise risk management, internal controls, improper payment and grant compliance, and portfolio risk assessment.  Ms. Giblin joined CNCS in April, 2016 bringing with her 20 years of federal and state government experience in community development, internal assessment, and programmatic operations.  Her Federal experience includes work in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Empowerment Zone Initiative, the General Services Administration’s Office of Community Planning, and the Department of Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund.  Just prior to joining CNCS, she served as a Managing Director at the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation where she helped establish and enhance the agency’s internal assessment, enterprise risk management, and strategic planning functions.  Ms. Giblin earned her master’s degree in public administration from Arizona State University, is a member of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) and serves on the steering committee of the Association of Federal Enterprise Risk Management’s (AFERM) Small Agency Community of Practice.

Carole Cimitile, Ph.D.

Senior Analyst, Strategic Issues

Government Accountability Office (GAO)

 

Carole J. Cimitile, Ph.D. is a senior analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). Recently, she was the analyst-in-charge of a new GAO report that identified the essential elements of enterprise risk management and good practices illustrated by federal agency examples. Prior to that, she worked on a GAO report that identified effective practices for agency strategic reviews. She has also led performance audits for GAO at the Office of Personnel Management, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Architect of the Capitol, among others. Previously, Dr. Cimitile served as a manager at several consulting firms, most recently Deloitte Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Washington practices and assisted clients with issues related to human capital management, organizational transformation, employee performance management programs, change management, survey design, implementation and analysis at a variety of public and private sector organizations. She received her Ph.D. in Public Administration and M.P.A. at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a B.S. in Public Policy from Cornell University.

Linda Miller

Director

Grant Thornton

(Former Assistant Director, Forensic Audits and Investigative Services, GAO)
 

Linda Miller is a Director in Grant Thornton’s Public Sector practice. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Ms. Miller spent 10 years as an Assistant Director with GAO’s Forensic Audits and Investigative Services team where she led work examining a variety of homeland security issues, such as transportation and border security, as well as fraud in programs across the federal government. Ms. Miller was the principle author of GAO’s recently issued Framework for Managing Fraud Risks in Federal Programs, which describes leading practices that agency managers can use to develop a strategic, risk-based approach to assessing and mitigating fraud in their programs. Ms. Miller holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from The George Washington University and is a former Olympic athlete in the sport of rowing.

Chris Hare, PMP, CGFM, CRMA

Senior Manager
Global Public Sector
Grant Thornton LLP

 

Mr. Hare is a Senior Manager in Grant Thornton's Global Public Sector. He has a background in financial management with a broad knowledge of internal controls, risk management, federal financial management, financial management systems, enterprise risk management, federal regulations and processes. Mr. Hare is a Project Management Professional (PMP), a Certified Governmental Financial Manager (CGFM) and holds a Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA). He has over twelve years of consulting experience with more than eleven of those years in the public sector arena of financial and risk management working with organizations such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, National Institutes of Health, Administrative Office of the US Courts, General Services Administration (GSA), and the Department of Justice (DOJ). He holds a degree in Finance from the College of William and Mary and speaks and writes regularly on the topics of risk management and internal controls.

Robert Shea

Principal

Grant Thornton LLP

(Former Associate Director for Administration and Government Performance, OMB) 

Mr. Shea is a Principal in Grant Thornton Public Sector, with over 20 years of federal government experience. He leads the Public Sector’s strategy and communications team and is a member of the Performance Transformation Team, where he leads performance improvement engagements for federal, state & local, and international clients. He was recently appointed to the statutorily created Commission on Evidence-based. He is a Fellow and former Chair of the National Academy of Public Administration.

 

Mr. Shea joined Grant Thornton from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, where he was Associate Director for Administration and Government Performance. In addition to managing OMB’s internal operations, he led the President’s Performance Improvement Initiative and administered the Program Assessment Rating Tool. Before joining OMB, Mr. Shea served as Counsel to the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs (currently the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs) where, in addition to general oversight of Executive Branch management, he advised Committee leadership on the status of implementation of the statutory framework for performance-based government, including the Government Performance and Results Act and the Chief Financial Officers Act. He was Legislative Director for Congressman Pete Sessions (TX) from 1997 to 1999, where he organized the Results Caucus, a group of Members of Congress dedicated to results-based management and solving many of the government’s major management problems. Mr. Shea was a Professional Staff Member with the House Committee on Government Reform from 1995 through 1996.  There he had responsibility for examining the economy and efficiency of government programs, and acted as liaison with the government’s Inspectors General. 

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