AFERM Newsletter, Issue 38, September 2021

This 38th issue of the quarterly AFERM Newsletter includes thought leadership articles from enterprise risk management (ERM) practitioners with the Bureau of the Fiscal Service and Guidehouse.

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Nicole PuriUpdates on AFERM’s Initiatives

By Nicole Puri, AFERM President

As I write this, the Summit is only a week away, and I am excited for another great event! This year’s Summit planning team came up with new ideas and innovative ways to engage you, our members, while still keeping us safe in a pandemic environment. I want to give my sincere thanks to everyone who volunteered their time and energy to the Summit, and to all of you who attended. We plan to return to in person Summits next year, health situation permitting, and I know we all look forward to that day. If you were able to attend the in-person event at the Press Club, it was great seeing you and I hope you came up to me to say hello. If not but you’d like to catch up, please reach out anytime.

It has been quite a busy year with many ups and downs, perhaps magnified all the more by not being able to share as much of it with my friends and family as I would have liked. On the downside, we were not able to have any in person events other than the pre-Summit reception, and we are all still acclimating to a new administration and what that will mean for the practice of ERM. On the upside, the AFERM Board has been extremely busy with planning for future growth and development, researching new member opportunities, and vetting and publishing the new ERM Federal Practices document. It has been my pleasure and an honor to help lead this organization into its next great chapter.

I have drawn encouragement this year from the continued advancement of ERM in the public sector as well. Although many challenges remain, agencies continue to advance in their understanding of the power and need for ERM in pursuit of mission success. New agencies are hiring Chief Risk Officers and expanding or refining their ERM programs. Though it may be challenging at times, I congratulate all of you on your successes in advancing ERM this year, and I look forward to continuing our work together.

As I prepare to move into the Past President role and Daniella Datskovska prepares to take over the Presidency, I want to wish her the best of luck and also thank Ken Fletcher, our current Past President, for all his sage advice and hard work this year. Ken, you will be missed on the Board. To all of you, thank you again for the opportunity to serve as your President this year. It is an experience I will never forget and I hope I left AFERM in a better place and ready for the future.

Nicole D. Puri

Nicole Puri, AFERM President, may be contacted at