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Building a Federal Risk Appetite Framework

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For a Federal CFO, a formal risk appetite framework is a fundamental tool towards staying “wise” with the risk intelligence framework. By helping leadership manage risks to an acceptable level, a CFO can better balance resources as well as focus his or her time and attention towards innovation and better achieving the agency’s mission. However, a risk appetite framework is only as good as its implementation. To be able to apply a risk appetite consistently across the enterprise, it needs to be aligned to the agency’s strategic plan, as well as integrated into its current ERM and key support function procedures. In a future Federally Technically Speaking, we will address how to apply the risk appetite framework as well as methods for determining how well an agency is staying within its risk appetite.

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