Grants Risk Management: The Nexus of ERM and Grants Accountability
10AM - 11:15AM

Suzanne Auerbach, Office of Federal Assistance Management, HRSA, DHHS & Echo Wang, DSFederal, Inc.

Today, buzz words like “enterprise risk management” (ERM) and “accountability” abound in the public and private sectors. But how do they really work operationally? Faced with an $11 billion budget for grant programs but finite internal resources to manage them, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) sought a way to use risk management to improve
accountability and oversight of grants. Seeking a risk-based, data driven approach to strategic decisions, HRSA embarked on a one-of-a-kind assessment of current risks and related risk management practices, and the development of risk tools for decision makers. This session will provide a case study for operationalizing risk management in the grants world. Those
seeking to integrate risk management into their operations will hear about project challenges and successes, key risk findings and recommendations, and considerations when taking on such a project.


Suzanne Auerbach
Office of Federal Assistance Management, HRSA, DHHS

Suzanne Auerbach, MPP is Special Assistant to the Associate Administrator and Chief Grants Management Officer of the Health Resources and Services Administration. With 20 years at the federal and state levels, she has expertise in policy and budget analysis, program operations, grants management, performance measurement, and enterprise risk management. Suzanne has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Echo Wang
DSFederal, Inc.

Echo Wang, MSPH is a project manager at DSFederal, a woman-owned small business in Maryland. Her expertise includes grants management consulting, technical assistance for public health programs, data analytics, research and health IT. She has worked with a variety of programs and offices in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She has a Master’s of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science from University of Maryland, College Park.