AFERM Newsletter, Issue 23, September 2017

This 23rd issue of the AFERM Newsletter includes three thought leadership articles from ERM practitioners at our corporate sponsors Crowe Horwath and PwC. Also, the annual AFERM Summit is November 1st and 2nd, and we look forward to seeing you there!

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President’s Corner

AFERM: Supporting the Federal ERM Community

By Sallyanne Harper (September 2017)

This will be my final note to our AFERM community as the AFERM President. On November 2, 2017, Peggy Sherry, AFERM President-elect and Deputy Chief Financial Officer at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency will begin her tenure as the AFERM President. I leave you in very capable hands. Peggy and Todd Grams, the AFERM Past President, have been invaluable to me and to AFERM in their commitment and dedication in continuing to help AFERM deliver value and support to the growing federal enterprise risk management community.

AFERM is a robust, vital and growing organization. We have tripled in size in the past 3 years. As of October 7th, we have over 650 members, up from 435 members a year ago and, importantly, we also have a member retention rate of over 95%. This year we made substantial upgrades to our website functionality and scalability, as well as our e-commerce capabilities and communications outreach thanks to the unstinting efforts of Vice President (VP) Ed Hau. I am also indebted to our financial team, Treasurer Tim Hanlon, Treasurer-elect Wendy Morris, and Audit Committee Chair, Sheri Francis for assuring we are on sound financial footing. Harold Barnshaw, our Secretary, maintains our monthly Board book and minutes, updated our bylaws, researched policies and always provided wise counsel during our deliberations. I have also appreciated the engagement of VPs Cynthia Vitters and Ken Phelan and their willingness to bring both their ERM expertise and great ideas to the table.

We could not do what we do without the support of the Corporate Advisory Group and our corporate sponsors. In addition to their continued financial support, they have provided expertise to support our programs, educational materials development, hours of volunteer efforts and thought leadership contributions.

Finally, and most importantly, our unsung heroes and heroines are the many AFERM volunteers who make the organization hum with their ideas, unbridled enthusiasm and countless hours spent chairing our committees, writing our publications, helping to prepare educational materials, organizing and staffing the endless variety of positions needed to make the programs and the annual summit a success. It has been my delight to work with so many talented and committed individuals. This is truly the heart and soul of AFERM and the key to its success. Special thanks to Christine Jones, Chair, Ken Fletcher, Vice-Chair, and their awesome team of volunteers supporting the FY2017 AFERM Summit and to our Summit co-sponsor, George Mason University School of Business and the indefatigable Charlie Douglas.

AFERM has a unique and vital mission – to advance the practice of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) in the federal government through thought leadership, education and collaboration. I look forward to our continued progress in doing that through the committed efforts of our members.

Sallyanne Harper, AFERM President, may be contacted at