AFERM Newsletter, Issue 34, September 2020

This 34th issue of the quarterly AFERM Newsletter includes thought leadership articles from ERM practitioners with EY, KPMG, Risk Pro Solutions, and the Bureau of the Fiscal Service. It also features the AFERM ERM Award winners of 2020 and AFERM’s Annual ERM Survey results for 2020.

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President’s Corner

Ken FletcherWrapping Up FY2020 

By Ken Fletcher

The end of October marked the end of my tenure as AFERM President and I want to express my appreciation for that opportunity and honor. This past year has certainly been an unusual and often stressful as we learned to adapt to the health and economic consequences of the on-going pandemic.

Everything AFERM accomplishes is the direct result of the time and energy of a host of dedicated volunteers who give so generously of their time. Through their flexibility and resourcefulness, AFERM has continued to provide a range of offerings for our members. Please join me in extending our appreciation and thanks to our wonderful corporate sponsors, committee chairs, individual volunteers, and members of the Board for making that possible during this challenging time.

Key to the success of any ERM program is tone-at-the-top and the anticipated changes to agency political leadership could alter that tone regardless of who is elected President this year. According to the Partnership for Public Service – Center for Presidential Transition, for the last three Presidents about “43% of Cabinet secretaries, deputy secretaries and undersecretaries at 15 major agencies left their jobs” on average within 6-months of the President’s election to a second term (

Should we elect a new President, the turnover of political leadership will be nearly 100%. The experiences and ERM program lessons learned from the pandemic provide a valuable perspective on how ERM can contribute to the success of these new political leaders. Doing so will help ensure continued support for ERM from the top of the agency.

In closing, I want to congratulate our incoming President Nicole Puri, and welcome to our new President Elect Daniella Datskovska. We look forward to advancing AFERM and the federal government ERM profession under your leadership. Finally, I want to thank our out-going Board members – Past President Tom Brandt, and out-going Treasurer Fola Ojumu – for their service. Their leadership, dedication, and support to AFERM for the past 3 years has made AFERM a stronger organization providing a broader range of programs.

Thank you. Stay safe and stay healthy.

All the best,

Ken Fletcher, AFERM President, may be contacted at