Risk Management in Non-DoD U.S. Government Agencies and the International Community
March 14, 2011
As part of ongoing efforts by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy to develop an enterprise-wide risk management framework to guide Department of Defense (DoD) decisionmaking, the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy contracted a CSIS study team to identify risk management lessons learned and best practices among non-DoD U.S. government agencies and members of the international community, including foreign governments and international organizations.
The CSIS study began with a literature review of risk management practices in government agencies and the international community. Two July 2010 workshops convened risk practitioners and experts from inside and outside government to provide feedback on the results of the CSIS literature review and discuss risk management practices. Following the workshops, the CSIS study team updated its findings to reflect the workshop discussions and completed 14 case studies covering six U.S. government agencies (Department of Homeland Security, Environmental Protection Agency, Food and Drug Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Office of Management and Budget/Office of Science and Technology Policy); five national governments (Canada, France, New Zealand, Singapore, and the United Kingdom); and three international entities (the United Nations, the World Bank, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). The case studies were selected based on access and relevance, with priority given to studies characterized by publicly available information and relevance to the risk management community. The CSIS study team used a common template to enable consistent and systematic analysis of the case studies.
This report summarizes the CSIS study team’s findings based on its literature review, the two workshop meetings, and the 14 case studies. The body of the report includes observations on “Key Similarities” and “Key Differences” across the case studies, “Key Tensions and Trade-offs,” and “Lessons Learned and Best Practices.” Annex A outlines the template used across the case studies; Annex B presents a Case Study Matrix for the 14 case studies; Annexes C and D present the 14 case studies; and Annex E lists the participants at the two July 2010 workshops.