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Public Sector Enterprise Risk Management

Advancing Beyond the Basics, 1st Edition

Edited by Kenneth C. Fletcher, Thomas H. Stanton


160 pages

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pub: 2019-05-27
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Through a series of case studies and selected special topics, Public Sector Enterprise Risk Management presents examples from leading Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) programs on overcoming bureaucratic obstacles, developing a positive risk culture, and making ERM a valuable part of day-to-day management. Specifically designed to help government risk managers, with concepts and approaches to help them advance risk management beyond the basics, the book:

  • Provides a balanced mix of concepts, instruction and examples;
  • Addresses topics that go beyond the basics of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) program design and implementation;
  • Includes insights from leading practitioners and other senior officials.

Many government organizations can refer to the growing body of materials that provide examples of ERM processes and procedures. Far fewer reference materials and examples exist to help organizations develop a risk-mature organizational culture that is critical to the long-term success and strategic value that ERM represents to government organizations.

Public Sector Enterprise Risk Management begins to fill that void and is intended to help public sector risk managers overcome barriers that inhibit ERM from becoming an active contributor to major decisions that top officials must make.


"This book makes a major contribution to the advancement of Enterprise Risk Management in the public sector. It offers valuable conceptual frameworks and case studies and explores ways that agencies can improve their risk cultures, harmonize internal controls with ERM, and work with the Inspector General. There is nothing in the literature comparable to this book, which will be extremely useful for agencies at all levels of government in most developed countries as they work to implement ERM."John Fraser, Former Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer, Hydro One Networks Inc.

"My compliments to the authors of Public Sector Enterprise Risk Management: Advancing Beyond the Basics, who cover all the bases of the challenges, opportunities, and approaches to generating real value with ERM in the Federal government. Their examples are detailed, practical, and enlightening, and serve as a useful guide for the Federal ERM community."David M. Fisher, Former Chief Risk Officer of the Internal Revenue Service.

"In my many roles as a career executive and Presidential appointee, I appreciate the complexity and diversity of the many missions of our public sector agencies. Having helped launch ERM in July 2016, this book further shines a light on the need to implement an ERM program and how to fully integrate it in all aspects of the daily delivery of government mission and services ." David A. Mader, Former OMB Controller and IRS Assistant Deputy Commissioner

"An essential reference for government risk practitioners interested in overcoming barriers to developing a risk mature culture in their organization. The case studies and special topics provide an invaluable guide to achieving maturity in effective risk management and a positive risk culture in government."Sallyanne Harper, Co-founder and Past President of the Association for Federal Enterprise Risk Management (AFERM)

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction

1. Introduction: Challenges in Implementing ERM in the Public Sector

Kenneth C. Fletcher and Thomas H. Stanton

Part 2: Overcoming ERM Implementation Challenges – Selected Case Studies

2. Change Management and Developing Organization Risk Culture: Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Case Study

Kenneth C. Fletcher

3. Using Data and Analysis to Add Value from ERM

Frank Vetrano and Jason Stayanovich

4. Laying the Groundwork for ERM: The Evolution of ERM at the U.S. Department of the Treasury

Ken Phalen and Karen Weber

5. ERM and Local Government: King County Washington

Jennifer Hills and Sean Catanese

Part 3: Selected Special Topics

6. Enhancing Capabilities and Culture Through Effective Coordination of Enterprise Risk Management and Internal Control

Sean M. Vineyard and Quimby Kaizer

7. Working with the IG and GAO: Creating a Win-Win Relationship

Robert A. Westbrooks

8. Cultivating and Measuring Risk Culture to Achieve Forward Momentum on ERM

Cynthia Vitters and Michael Gelles

Part 4: Conclusion

9. Enterprise Risk Management: A Powerful Management Tool

Thomas H. Stanton

About the Editors

Kenneth C. Fletcher – President, Kestrel Hawk Consulting

Retired Federal Senior Executive and former Chief Risk Officer, Transportation Security Administration

Mr. Fletcher’s professional career spans more than 40-years, and includes military, private sector, and civilian government service. He is currently the President of Kestrel Hawk Consulting, Inc., a veteran-owned small business risk management consultancy company he founded in 2017 after retiring from federal government service.

Prior to starting his business, Mr. Fletcher served as the Chief Risk Officer (CRO) for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). His responsibilities as CRO included developing and driving the long-range strategic vision and objectives for TSA with respect to risk-based security and risk management activities. He led the development and implementation of TSA’s Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) program. TSA’s ERM program is widely recognized as a model across the federal government, with several ERM program features cited in 2016 by the Government Accountability Office as best federal government practices. He is a principal architect of TSA’s risk-based security approach to transportation security, and the much-heralded TSA PreCheck program. Mr. Fletcher holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations and Information Systems Management from Northern Illinois University, and a Master of Arts in Security Studies (Homeland Defense and Security) from the Naval Post Graduate School. He is an adjunct faculty member for George Mason University’s newly establish Chief Risk Officer program, and President Elect for the Association of Federal Enterprise Risk Management (AFERM).

Thomas H. Stanton Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Former president of the Association for Federal Enterprise Risk Management (AFERM), and former Federal Senior Executive

Thomas H. Stanton is a former president of the Association for Federal Enterprise Risk Management, and a former member of the federal Senior Executive Service. In 2018 he received the AFERM Hall of Fame Award. Mr. Stanton teaches on the adjunct faculty of Johns Hopkins University. In 2017 he received the George Graham Award for Exceptional Service to the National Academy of Public Administration, where he is a Fellow. His book A State of Risk: Will Government Sponsored Enterprises be the Next Financial Crisis? presented the idea of contingent capital that is now being applied to reduce vulnerability of financial institutions globally. Another book, Why Some Firms Thrive While Others Fail: Governance and Management Lessons from the Financial Crisis has just been translated into Chinese. Mr. Stanton co-edited the first book on Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) in government, Managing Risk and Performance: A Guide for Government Decision Makers. Mr. Stanton holds degrees from the University of California at Davis, Yale University, and the Harvard Law School. Many of his writings can be found at

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POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Affairs & Administration