A chief risk officer can help some agencies deal with budget uncertainty and high-profile program failures like HealthCare.gov, according to the Office of Management and Budget. 2015 may be the year OMB lays out a way to add the new CXO title to the federal workforce. Rafael Borras is a senior adviser at AT Kearney, and former under secretary for management at the Homeland Security Department. He shared his Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. He says agencies need to pay attention to OMB’s plan for enterprise risk management.
At the beginning of next year, your agency could have a new definition of risk. The Office of Management and Budget says it may issue new guidance that requires an enterprise-wide view of risk. Rafael Borras is senior adviser at AT Kearney, and former undersecretary for management and acting deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how to build an enterprise-wide risk-management strategy.
The National Academy of Public Administration has elected a new class of fellows to study and report to Congress on some of the most complex management and policy issues in government. One of those fellows is Rafael Borras. Until recently, he was the under secretary for management at the Homeland Security Department. He’s now a senior advisor at AT Kearney. Borras spoke with Emily Kopp on today’s Federal Drive radio show about his new appointment.
Rafael Borras, undersecretary for management at the Homeland Security Department for the last four years, who recently left DHS to return to the private sector, said the Homeland Security Department needs a tactical, sustained effort to improve employee satisfaction. He said that kind of effort has helped change the way DHS oversees and implements IT programs.
Rafael Borras spent the last four years as the undersecretary of management for the Homeland Security Department before leaving Feb. 7. He said his goal was to make DHS more business-like by making it easier to apply data to decisions. Under Borras’ leadership, DHS launched the Management Cube and received its first-ever clean financial audit opinion.
Rafael Borras, the undersecretary for management at the Homeland Security Department, is stepping down after almost four years on the job.
Acting Deputy Secretary Rafael Borras said the goal of the new Management Cube is to merge back-office data into one platform. Data analysts will then find trends and discover opportunities to improve mission investments. The Homeland Security Department will launch the initiative in January.
The White House fills the second in command position while its nominee Alexander Mayorkas awaits Senate confirmation. At DHS, 10 of the top 12 leadership positions are held by acting officials.
Members of Congress are frustrated at what they see as a failure by the Department of Homeland Security to effectively manage the acquisition practices of its various components, leading to poorly defined requirements and wasted money. But DHS says some of the problems are of Congress’ own making.
Federal officials say the budget environment — with or without sequestration — is leading agencies to come to grips with the idea that no matter how much they cut, no matter how much they work to become more efficient, they still will not have enough people or money to get everything done. The goal is to install discipline and data into the decision making process.