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Integrated Risk Management - Leveraging Data as a Strategic Asset for Risk Management and Internal Controls in Government and Meeting Cross Agency Priority Goals Training Workshop for Government

Leveraging Current Data Analytics, Data Quality and Cybersecurity Activities to Enhance Internal Controls and Risk Management Activities throughout the Federal Government: How to Make Your Agency’s Data Work for You and Meet Cross Agency Priority Goals

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

This workshop is limited to government employees only to permit candid discussion

Keynote Speaker
 

Caryl Brzymialkiewicz, Ph.D. 

Chief Data and Analytics Officer 

Office of the Inspector General 

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

 

 

Government Guest Speakers 

 

Curtis McNeil

Risk Management Officer

Architect of the Capitol

Office of the Chief Financial Officer 

 

LaTaiga Proctor

Risk Management Officer

United States Census Bureau 

 

Neil Starzynski

Office of the Chief Financial Officer

Department of Labor 

 

Joshua Vogel

Director of Strategic Planning and Performance Management

General Services Administration 

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

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 United States federal government is rich in data; from public safety to health to agriculture to housing, data is abundant.  With widespread access to the internet, demand and availability of data both inside and outside the government has grown in the last decade, fueling more demand for data and a host of questions about what can be learned to help agency internal controls and risk management activities, and what the future of data should be in those efforts.

 

This forum will provide learning opportunities on a variety of topics, including:

  • how agencies are using data and analytics to improve Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) and add value;
  • the benefits and attributes of good data quality plans as required in A-123, Appendix A;
  • tools to visualize data in managing fraud risk;
  • how agencies are approaching the Cross Agency Priority Goal around data, accountability and transparency; and
  • considerations when implementing new technologies like robotic process automation for internal controls.

One of the Administration’s Cross Agency Priority Goals is to leverage data as a strategic asset.  As stated on Performance.gov, “the use of data is transforming society, business, and the economy. Data provided by the Federal Government have a unique place in society and maintaining trust in Federal data is pivotal to a democratic process. The Federal Government needs a robust, integrated approach to using data to deliver on mission, serve customers, and steward resources while respecting privacy and confidentiality.  This CAP Goal will leverage data as a strategic asset to grow the economy, increase the effectiveness of the Federal Government, facilitate oversight, and promote transparency.”

 

This workshop is designed for the front-line practitioner, manager, or executive who is responsible for sustaining an effective internal controls and risk management program and who is interested in learning more about how other agencies are utilizing their data and data analytics, to help them more efficiently and effectively manage their internal controls and risk management programs.

With limited resources, federal agencies are focused on administering internal control programs that are efficient and effective, avoiding duplication and minimizing the burden on staff.  While new requirements continue to be issued around strengthening internal controls, risk management and fraud risk assessments; it is even more important to use technology to help agencies identify where the top risks are and where to place resources.

 

Participants will learn how to efficiently and effectively strengthen an internal control and risk management program through the application of technology, including data analytics, while complying with the requirements of OMB A-123, GAO Green Book, GAO Fraud Risk Assessment, , and ERM. 

 

The focus of this workshop will be on innovative methods to meet agency requirements such as administration of programs, operational improvements, and compliance goals through the use of data analytics, data quality plans, and cybersecurity.

What You Will Learn: 

  • Practical Information from Practitioners – Not Theory
  • Presentations by experts with extensive, practical experience
  • Information which will help you continue to implement the updated requirements of OMB Circular A-123, and the Fraud Reduction and Data Analytics Act
  • How agencies are taking data they already collect and making it work for them.
Why You Should Attend: 

This forum will provide learning opportunities on a variety of topics, including:

·         how agencies are using data and analytics to improve Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) and add value;

·         the benefits and attributes of good data quality plans as required in A-123, Appendix A;

·         tools to visualize data in managing fraud risk;

·         how agencies are approaching the Cross Agency Priority Goal around data, accountability and transparency; and

·         considerations when implementing new technologies like robotic process automation for internal controls.

One of the Administration’s Cross Agency Priority Goals is to leverage data as a strategic asset.  As stated on Performance.gov, “the use of data is transforming society, business, and the economy. Data provided by the Federal Government have a unique place in society and maintaining trust in Federal data is pivotal to a democratic process. The Federal Government needs a robust, integrated approach to using data to deliver on mission, serve customers, and steward resources while respecting privacy and confidentiality.  This CAP Goal will leverage data as a strategic asset to grow the economy, increase the effectiveness of the Federal Government, facilitate oversight, and promote transparency.”

 

This workshop is designed for the front-line practitioner, manager, or executive who is responsible for sustaining an effective internal controls and risk management program and who is interested in learning more about how other agencies are utilizing their data and data analytics, to help them more efficiently and effectively manage their internal controls and risk management programs.

With limited resources, federal agencies are focused on administering internal control programs that are efficient and effective, avoiding duplication and minimizing the burden on staff.  While new requirements continue to be issued around strengthening internal controls, risk management 

Who Should Attend: 

This workshop is limited to government employees only to permit candid discussion

 

  • Financial management professionals
  • Performance and strategy professionals
  • Internal controls program managers and team members
  • Program management professionals with internal controls responsibilities
  • Program management professionals with risk management responsibilities
  • Auditors
  • Internal controls steering committee members
  • Inspectors General and Staff
  • Chief Financial Officers and Staff
  • Chief Risk Officers and Staff
  • Chief Information Officers and Staff
  • Risk Management Staff
  • Chief Human Capital Officers, HR Managers and Staff
  • Managers, Directors and Senior Officials who have performance or financial responsibilities
Format: 

Instructor-based training; speakers from federal government; group interactive exercise(s) to fine tune knowledge of Category Management for multiple perspective 

Agenda: 

Agenda

Agenda subject to change

 

7:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am

Welcome and Introduction 
 

Art Chantker, President, Potomac Forum Ltd. 

8:45 am Workshop Overview, Objectives and Training Expectations

Nicole Puri, Director, Risk Advisory Services, Grant Thornton 

9:00 am

Keynote Speaker 

 

Caryl Brzymialkiewicz, Ph.D., Chief Data and Analytics Officer 

Office of the Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

9:30 am

Informing Agency ERM Decisions Using Data Analytics 

Discuss how federal agencies are using insights from the application of data analytics techniques to inform their ERM programs. 

 

Moderator/Instructor:
Bobbi-Jo Pankaj, Director, Risk Advisory Services, Grant Thornton 

Panel Members: 

Curtis McNeil, Risk Management Officer, Architect of the Capitol
LaTaiga Proctor, United States Census Bureau, Risk Management Officer
Neil Starzynski, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Department of Labor 

Joshua Vogel, Director, Strategy and Performance, General Services Administration

10:45 am Refreshment Break 
11:00 am Robotics Process Automation (RPA): Considerations for Governance and Controls 

RPA offers an innovative solution to increase efficiency and realize cost effectiveness. Governance considerations are needed throughout the RPA lifecycle in order to define programmers and bot’s responsibilities, establish agreed-upon practices, create strong controls, and document processes that allow for auditability and oversight. Learn where these governance activities are being implemented and how agencies can plan for RPA.

Panel Members: 

Glenn Keaveny, Director, Risk Advisory Services, Grant Thornton
Duc Duong, Director, Grant Thornton

12:00 pm 

Working Lunch - What work can be leveraged? 

Discuss among your tables key take-aways from the morning sessions.  What information did you gather that will assist you in creating an effective integrated risk management program?

 

Denise Lippuner, Partner, Risk Advisory Services, Grant Thornton

1:00 pm 

Mitigating Strategic Risks Using Data and an Evidence-Based Approach

 

Moderator

Bobbi-Jo Pankaj, Public Sector Risk Advisory Director, Grant Thornton

2:00 pm 

Key Elements of Data Quality 

Discuss the new requirements in Appendix A for a data quality plan.  Learn the key aspects of publishing data quality and how they can be applied to create an effective data quality plan. 

 

The following areas will be covered:

 

  • The importance of publishing quality data
  • Appendix A inclusion of a new requirement that agencies develop a Data Quality Plan using ERM concepts
  • How data standards can reduce burden

 

Calandra Layne, PMP, Senior Manager, Risk Advisory Services, Grant Thornton

3:00 pm  Refreshment Break
3:15 pm 

Risk Management and Data Analytics Tools 
 

Hear real life examples of how agencies are using risk management and data analytic tools to assist in managing internal control, ERM, cybersecurity and fraud reduction efforts

Glenn Keaveny, Director, Risk Advisory Services, Grant Thornton
Yih Tan, Manager, Grant Thornton
Myriam Galvan-Zambrana, Senior Associate, Grant Thornton

Neil Starzynski, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Department of Labor 

4:15 pm

Feedback on Class Expectations, Observations, Conclusions

  • Were objectives met?
  • Class feedback

 

Nicole Puri, Director,  Risk Advisory Services, Grant Thornton
Art Chantker, President, Potomac Forum

4:45 pm  Workshop Adjourns

 

Registration Information: 

 

Early Bird Registration Fee

May 4, 2019

Registration Fee

After May 4, 2019

Government Employees:
(Federal, State or Local Government Issued ID)
$795

 

 

$895

Team “Learn Together” Rate: 

3rd  person (and all other subsequent group members) from same office receives a $200 reduction off their registration,

All Day Refreshments, breakfast and Hosted Luncheon

Keynote Speaker: 

Caryl Brzymialkiewicz, Ph.D.

Assistant Inspector General/Chief Data Officer 

Office of Inspector General 

Department of Health and Human Services 

As the first Chief Data Officer for the Office of Inspector General (OIG) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Caryl is establishing an office focused on providing more and better access to data and analytics to support OIG’s mission. Her team seeks to improve access to internal and external data; accelerate analytics for use in audits, investigations, evaluations, and compliance oversight; and enhance OIG’s use of data to make more informed decisions.

Prior to joining the HHS OIG, Caryl was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Risk and Decision Analysis at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). She also previously served as the Operations Research Division Chief at the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, and led a team of analysts at the Center for Naval Analyses.

She has a B.E. in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University.

Guest Speakers: 

Curtis McNeil

Enterprise Risk Program Manager

Architect of the Capitol

Office of the Chief Financial Officer

Curtis McNeil is the Enterprise Risk Program Manager for the Architect of the Capitol (AOC). His core responsibilities include implementing the newly established enterprise risk management (ERM) program, executing the existing internal control program and serving as the agency’s liaison for the financial statement audit. Prior to joining the Federal government, Curtis had over 13 years of private sector experience supporting Federal agencies with risk management activities including internal controls, ERM, process improvement and general audit compliance.

 

Curtis has a BA in Computer Science from Gettysburg College and is a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB).

LaTaiga Proctor

Risk Management Officer 

Office of Program, Performance, and Stakeholder Integration 

United State Census Bureau 

 

Ms. Proctor is the Census Bureau’s Chief Risk Management Officer. She is also responsible for development and implementation of the organizations program and project management policies and standards. She has served in this capacity for more than 5 years, and has 20 years of federal government service, including the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, and the Department of Justice. Ms. Proctor has 10 years of experience as a Management Consultant in the private and not-for-profit sectors. The Census ERM framework Ms. Proctor developed is rated ‘advanced’ by the Department of Commerce and by Gartner for its process maturity. The framework includes a plan, policy, and customized risk management system. Ms. Proctor has supported many organizations implementation of ERM, including as a contributor to the Guidelines on Risk Management Practices in Statistical Organizations, developed by Member Nations in the United Nations Economic Commission of Europe (UNECE), in Geneva Switzerland. Ms. Proctor is a recipient of the DOC Bronze Medal Award, and the Census Bureau Director’s Award for Innovation. Ms. Proctor has a BA in Sociology and a MS in Finance from the University of Maryland. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), holds a Business Analysis Certificate and a Project Management Certificate from George Washington University School of Business, and a Level III Federal Acquisition Certification for Contracting Officer Representatives (FAC-COR) from the Federal Acquisitions Institute (FAI).

Neil Starzynski

Office of the Chief Financial Officer 

U.S. Department of Labor

 

 

Neil Starzynski is the Enterprise Risk Management Lead in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) at the US Department of Labor. In this role, Neil developed and manages the Enterprise Risk Management program for the Department and its agencies. In this capacity he works with both Senior Leadership and Agency Directors to develop the risk identification, assessment, and mitigation strategies which assist the department in meeting its core mission. Neil also acts as the agency liaison for the Consolidated Financial Statements and IT Audits that are performed by the Office of the Inspector General. As part of the Internal Controls team, he works with the component agencies across the Department of Labor to identify, assess, and improve the internal controls of the department and cross-cutting programs.

Along with representing DOL as a Excellence in Government Fellow through the Partnership for Public Service, Neil was chosen to represent the Department at the CXO Fellows program run by the Office of Management and Budget for emerging leaders in Finance, Procurement, and IT.

Prior to working for the Department of Labor, Neil served as a Peace Corps Volunteer stationed in Bulgari. As a youth development volunteer, he procured funding for and opened the Center for the Integration of Children with Disabilities which coordinated a team of health care providers and professionals to better the lives of children with various disabilities in rural communities.

Joshua Aaron Vogel

Director of Strategic Planning and Performance Management

General Services Administration (GSA)

Joshua is currently the Director of Strategic Planning and Performance Management at the General Services Administration (GSA).This role includes leadership of the enterprise risk management program at GSA. Joshua has over a decade of experience in operational and strategic risk management, including work at the Department of Homeland Security Headquarters and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) developing doctrine and a common framework for the assessment of enterprise risks. Key accomplishments included the development of strategic and operational risk profiles for DHS Components as well as work at FEMA to inform programming decisions across a $16B budget and led efforts to implement enterprise risk management to enhance performance management. Prior to FEMA, Joshua served as the Deputy Director for Policy with the United States Capitol Police.

Joshua earned a BA and MA at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. In 2018, Joshua earned the RIMS CRMP and RIMS CRMP-FED credentials.

Instructors: 

Denise Lippuner

Partner,

Grant Thornton

Ms. Lippuner is a Partner with Grant Thornton responsible for leading its Public Sector Risk Advisory Practice. She assists organizations predict, prepare, protect, manage and respond to risk through the development and implementation of holistic and innovative solutions.

 

Ms. Lippuner is a co-author of Managing Public Dollars, presented at numerous conferences as a speaker on financial and risk management, and has contributed to several research papers by the IBM Center for The Business of Government. In addition, she was the Chair of the Corporate Advisory Group for the Association of Federal Enterprise Risk Management and has been a reviewer for the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting (CEAR) Award Program.

Calandra Layne

Senior Manager,

Grant Thornton LLP

 

Calandra Layne is a Senior Manager in Grant Thornton’s Global Public Sector. She has over twelve years of experience in Federal financial management. Calandra oversees project teams at agencies within the Federal Civilian and State & Local sectors, wherein she provides internal control assessments, enterprise risk management, grants management compliance oversight, and improper payments assessments.    Calandra currently supports the National Science Foundation (NSF) with OMB A-123 Compliance and ERM; the Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) with OMB A-123 Compliance; the District of Columbia Courts with implementing an OMB A-123-based internal control program; and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Integrated Management System and Internal Controls (IMSIC) with conducting an as-is analysis and developing recommendations for integrating Green Book Principles and ERM into existing processes. 

Glenn Keaveny

Director, Cybersecurity

Grant Thornton

Glenn Keaveny recently joined Grant Thorton’s US Public Sector practice, serving as Director, Cybersecurity. Glenn is a CISSP and CEH with over 15 years of experience in Cybersecurity Operations, Vulnerability/Penetration Testing and Cybersecurity Management.  His application background and operations management experience in challenging environments such as defense and healthcare provides a unique basis for his cyber expertise.  Prior to joining Grant Thornton he led and managed Security Operations and Monitoring services for Deloitte.  Prior to that he was the Security Officer for the Defense Information Systems (DISA) Field Security Office (FSO).  He was responsible for security operations of the FSO field activity as well as a team of over 30 cyber security professionals who conducted security operations and monitoring as well as Cyber Command Readiness Inspections (CCRI) similar to civilian vulnerability assessments.  He also managed a team of full time attack and penetration testers who operated year round on sites and systems around the globe.

Bobbi-Jo Pankaj

Public Sector Risk Advisory Director

Grant Thornton LLP

Bobbi-Jo Pankaj is a Director in the Risk Advisory sub-service line for Grant Thornton’s Public Sector which encompasses Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), Office of Management and Budget (OMB) A-123 assessments, Fraud Risk Assessments, Grants Monitoring and Forensic Accounting and Investigative Services. Since 2004, Ms. Pankaj has led ERM, risk management and internal control engagements for public-sector organizations, assisting them in improving their risk management and internal control practices and programs. In her role she delivers exceptional client service, creates and delivers training courses, and creates collateral and innovative solutions for the areas within the sub-service line.

Ms. Pankaj has knowledge and expertise of pertinent laws, policies, regulations and precedents applicable to risk management including OMB Circulars A-123 and the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations (COSO) and has used this knowledge to advise high level supervisors and executives on monitoring risk and instilling best risk management practices.

Nicole Puri

 

Risk Management Officer

Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC)

 

Nicole Puri is the Risk Management Officer for the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, a government corporation which protects the retirement incomes of nearly 40 million American workers in nearly 24,000 private-sector defined-benefit pension plans. PBGC was created by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to encourage the continuation and maintenance of private-sector defined benefit pension plans, provide timely and uninterrupted payment of pension benefits, and keep pension insurance premiums at a minimum. In FY16 PBGC received over $6.5 billion in premium income and paid out over $5.7 billion to or for retirees.

 

Nicole joined the PBGC in 2017 as part of their efforts to establish an Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) program. Her role is to lead the ERM efforts of the corporation, educate the staff, leadership, and board of directors of the corporation in risk management, and to serve as an advisor on risk.

 

Prior to PBGC, Nicole was part of a small team which created an enterprise risk management program for the Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) at HUD. As the Deputy Director of that program, Nicole led the organization through a gradual change to more strategic and risk-based decision-making using an ERM framework. PIH’s efforts to implement ERM were recognized by GAO in its recent report titled ENTERPRISE RISK MANAGEMENT: Selected Agencies' Experiences Illustrate Good Practices in Managing Risk.

 

Before coming to government, Nicole worked for a Big Four consulting firm focused on risk management services to the federal government. She holds a law degree from George Mason University School of Law and an undergraduate business degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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