AFERM Risk Chats

Welcome to Risk Chats, AFERM’s podcast that focuses on Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) in the Federal space. Candid insights and perspectives from some of the U.S. Government’s most recognized Chief Risk Officers and Risk Management professionals.

Episode 6: ERM at NIH

Meredith Stein

This week Paul chats with Meredith Stein from the NIH. They discuss NIH’s Risk Champions, how they put together their risk profile, education and training, and many more topics!


Episode 5: ERM at PBGC

Nicole Puri

On this episode, Paul chats with Nicole Puri, Risk Management Officer at the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, about the importance of an independent role for a CRO, how to demonstrate the value of ERM to agency stakeholders and the interaction between the CRO and Inspector General.


Episode 4: ERM at the U.S. Coast Guard

Craig Bennett

Today Paul and Tal chat with the Deputy CFO and CRO of the Coast Guard, Craig Bennett. We talk about Black Swans and how the Coast Guard prioritizes its mission and mission support risks.


Episode 3: RIMS-CRMP-Fed Micro-Credential

Todd Grams & Cynthia Vitters

On this episode, we talk to Todd Grams and Cynthia Vitters about the RIMS-CRMP-Fed Micro-Credential. What is it? What are the benefits of obtaining it? Is there a prep course? Learn all this and more, then use these links for registration & study materials:


Episode 2: ERM at HUD Public and Indian Housing

Wendell Conner

On this episode, we speak with Wendell Conner from HUD PIH about the journey to gain acceptance of the ERM program, the importance of incorporating operational risks into the register (especially gaining stakeholder buy-in!) and how ERM can add real value to an organization.


Episode 1: ERM at the IRS

Tom Brandt

On our inaugural episode, we chat with the IRS’ Chief Risk Officer, Tom Brandt. We discuss one of the most mature ERM programs in the Federal government, establishing the credibility of the program amongst senior leadership, gaining buy-in and some of the IRS’ unique risk and challenges.