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Risk Management: The Next Steps to Meet Cross Agency Priority Goals Training Workshop

Enhancing Data Analytics, Data Quality and Cybersecurity in 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, June 12, 2019

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

Government Guest Speakers 


Curtis McNeil

Risk Management Officer

Architect of the Capitol

Office of the Chief Financial Officer 

(awaiting approval)


LaTaiga Proctor

Risk Management Officer

United States Census Bureau 

(awaiting approval)


Neil Starzynski

Office of the Chief Financial Officer

Department of Labor 

(awaiting approval)


Joshua Vogel

Director of Strategic Planning and Performance Management

General Services Administration 

(awaiting approval)


Wednesday, June 12, 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.


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.


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, the Fraud Reduction and Data Analytics Act, and the               Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking 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:

  • tools to visualize data in managing fraud risk;
  • how agencies are using data and analytics to improve ERM and add value;
  • the benefits and attributes of good data quality plans as required in A-123, Appendix A;
  • behavioral analytics to combat fraud;
  • how agencies are approaching the Cross Agency Priority Goal around data, accountability and transparency;
  • using data to manage mission risk  in evidence-based policymaking; 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.

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

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



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 



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. 


Nicole Puri, Director, Risk Advisory Services, Grant Thornton

Panel Members: 

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

Joshua Vogel, Director, Strategy and Performance, General Services Administration, invited (awaiting approval)

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



Andy Feldman, 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 (awaiting approval)

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)




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

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.


Denise Lippuner


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.

Andy Feldman


Grant Thornton Public Sector



Andy’s focus is helping public organizations use evidence, data and innovation to strengthen their results. He is a Director at Grant Thornton Public Sector and also hosts the Gov Innovator podcast. He was previously a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution and, before that, Special Advisor on the Evidence Team at the White House Office of Management and Budget in the Obama administration, including a year detail to the U.S. Department of Education. His prior roles include one of the top three appointed leaders at Wisconsin’s labor department, an agency of 1,600; a Senior Policy Advisor at the Office of Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle; Staff Economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisors in the Clinton administration; and Special Assistant to the President at MDRC, the social policy research firm. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Andy earned an undergraduate degree in economics from Swarthmore College, and an MPP and PhD in public policy from Harvard University. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

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