The pace of change offers great opportunity for progress. In this issue, we explore how governments can change in order to meet today's big challenges.
Citizen Today: December 2015
Public private partnerships and global infrastructure
From classroom to boardroom
Citizen Today: August 2015
Dynamics: Shaping agendas, changing lives
Dynamics: doorway to development
Improving the customer experience across government
Citizen today: G20 special edition
Building better budgets
Government & Public Sector
Building a better working world
Government leaders today are under extraordinary pressure to do more with existing, or fewer, resources. Sequestration, reduced tax revenues, soaring deficits and a deepening national debt are driving a focus on aligning resources where they can achieve the best outcomes. At the same time, there is demand for visibility and transparency in the use of those resources.
The US Government & Public Sector practice of Ernst & Young LLP combines private sector leading practice with an understanding of the public sector’s diverse needs, focused on delivering improved public services. We respond to your specific issues by bringing together highly skilled professionals across Advisory, Assurance, Tax and Transaction Advisory Services.
This integrated approach facilitates multidimensional support and flexibility at the Federal, State, and Local levels. Our heritage is based on providing objective, fact-based insights, and our broad portfolio of services is aimed at driving relevant, tangible results.
We believe integration fosters innovation. Unprecedented challenges require support that is connected, responsive, and insightful. We are ready to help you build a better working world.
- Implementing category management in the federal government
Federal agencies are facing increasing pressure to reduce costs in the wake of ever-decreasing budgets. At the same time, these agencies are being asked to maintain and, in many instances, increase their level of service and responsibility. To avoid making unilateral cuts, federal agencies must look strategically at their portfolio of expenditures to determine the best levers to help reduce spending without sacrificing service. One lever is to take a more holistic look at the process of managing and procuring goods and services through the use of category management and strategic sourcing.
- Doing more with less
Every dollar counts. That’s the reality for government managers. Now more than ever, they need to focus on making the right investments. They need to know what’s working — and what could be working better.
Our Government and Public Service professionals can help managers track spending and improve productivity. We can help managers transform the way they make decisions. We can help build accountability and transparency into the accounting process and help managers measure productivity and performance.
Our IT risk and assurance professionals can help your organization address the challenge of managing IT risks in a way that aligns with your overall strategy, while complying with increased federal and agency-level regulations. We draw on in-depth technical and IT-related risk management knowledge from our global organization to help you with IT Controls Services, IT Risk Transformation and IT Assurance.
- Finance optimization in the federal government
- Implementing a governance, risk and compliance program
- Understanding human capital risk management
- Shared services – critical challenges and key questions
- Smart Controls - transforming controls to boost your business
- Service Organization Controls (SOC) 1 reporting services
- The power of public-private partnerships: fostering women’s entrepreneurship through TechCamps in Latin America
On October 2, 2014, the U.S. Department of State, Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Americas initiative, (WEAmericas) and Ernst & Young LLP (EY) announced a joint initiative to help women entrepreneurs succeed by providing them with the skills, capacity building and leadership opportunities to scale their businesses in driving the global economy. In collaboration with US embassies and local collaborators in Colombia, El Salvador, Bolivia and Argentina, this public-private relationship brings together women entrepreneurs through a series of four TechCamps.
Between October 2014 and June 2015, WEAmericas and EY hosted TechCamps across Latin America. Local State Department and EY hosts developed interactive agendas for each TechCamp, which brought together local and international technology experts and women entrepreneurs to develop technology- enabled solutions that address challenges women face growing their businesses. During each of the TechCamps, these entrepreneurs and technologists worked hand in hand to develop technological strategies for addressing the barriers facing women entrepreneurs, including improving access to markets, capital, skills and capacity building, and providing leadership opportunities.
- Managing enterprise risk
Interest in enterprise risk management (ERM) is growing fast among federal agencies, as well as State and Local governments. A number of them have appointed a chief risk officer to manage their ERM efforts. Government entities are starting to focus on enterprise solutions to manage risks that impact strategic and tactical objectives and use of resources.
Along with this, a number of agencies are looking to translate the concept of ERM past the abstract framework into practical solutions that will ultimately support risk enabled performance.
There is a need for more risk intelligent management of agencies so that future opportunities and threats to the agency’s performance are recognized and addressed timely and appropriately.
The EY Government and Public Sector Enterprise Risk Management team offers a proven methodology and approach to help agencies leverage their investments in complying with Office of Management and Budget Circular A-123 Appendix A and other requirements by identifying and replacing isolated initiatives and remediation fixes with a holistic approach to integrating internal controls, compliance and risk management initiatives under an ERM framework.
US Government and Public Sector Federal Leader
Debra Cammer Hines
US Government and Public Sector State & Local Leader
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