AFERM Newsletter, Issue 30, September 2019

This 30th issue of the quarterly AFERM Newsletter includes thought leadership articles from ERM practitioners with the Government Services Agency and the Office of Personnel Management. Also, AFERM’s 2019 Summit is October 29th and 30th — two days of connectivity, information and idea sharing, and continuing professional education!
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President’s Corner


By Tom Brandt

This month marks the end of my term as President of AFERM, and I am thankful for the opportunity I’ve had to help advance the efforts of AFERM in promoting the practice of ERM in the federal sector and beyond. As ERM practitioners, we navigate our way through interesting times, which this year included the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

While no one wishes for such events, the shutdown did prompt many agencies to review their risk identification and management approaches and take steps to be better prepared to handle such types of disruptions in the future. AFERM itself has also factored the potential for shutdowns into our events planning, including the annual Summit, so that we can lessen the negative impacts on our organization of such occurrences.

AFERM continued to deliver an expanded portfolio of programs, workshops and other offerings for our members. In addition to our quarterly luncheons and the annual workshop with AGA, this year we also launched the new RiskRealm webinars, initiated a partnership with the Senior Executives Association – featuring two ERM seminars for executives, and added more than a dozen new podcasts to our RiskChats library.

AFERM members received discounts on a range of training and certification programs offerings from our educational sponsors and partners. Through the quarterly newsletter, we provided an array of thought leadership articles penned by ERM experts in our sponsor organizations and federal agencies, highlighting current developments, challenges and opportunities in the ERM field. Our annual marquee event – the AFERM Summit – has an outstanding line-up of speakers, breakouts, and activities focused on building and delivering the “Next Generation of ERM.”

All that AFERM offers is made possible through volunteers, who commit their time, energy, creativity, initiative, ideas and enthusiasm to the cause. A round of applause and sincere thanks is in order to all our volunteers, including our Board members,

Committee chairs and members, Community of Practice/Interest leaders, the entire Summit team, our podcast and webinar hosts, and more. My thanks as well to all of AFERM’s sponsors – their commitment is foundational to our operations.

Lastly, I thank Peggy Sherry, AFERM Past President, for her leadership, friendship, and support and Ken Fletcher, incoming President, as he steps in to lead this great organization.

With appreciation for the opportunity to serve,

Tom Brandt, AFERM President, may be contacted at