At the core of every successful program are the behind the scenes program managers and practitioners tasked with project risk management — the people who ensure tasks stay on track, budgets are maintained, activities are efficient, and the program reaches its goals. ODS provides effective program management support through five key activities:
Governance: Defining roles and responsibilities, and providing oversight
Management: Planning and administering projects and the overall program
Financial Management: Implementation of specific fiscal practices and controls
Infrastructure: The program office, technology, and other factors in the work environment supporting the program effort
Planning: The activities that take place at multiple levels, with different goals.
Within these five activities, we produce performance reports and project risk management reports, deliver workshops and seminars, and conduct data quality analysis. With our expertise in crisis and program management and communications, we also help agencies keep the program operating smoothly through all stages of program execution.
Many program management activities revolve around effective change within an organization or a process that cuts across many organizational units or business lines. While many of the same program management activities and infrastructure will be deployed, we recommend developing stand-alone Change Management Plans and Change Management Communications Models.
ODS has decades of experience leading and supporting large and small programs. From private sector worldwide rational programs to research and development programs to financial system modernization programs to crisis management efforts, we stand ready to serve your organization.
Enterprise Risk Management and Audit Solutions
ENTERPRISE RISK MANAGEMENT
Risk exists at all levels of any organization, and the Federal Government is embracing the concept of Enterprise Risk Management. ODS stands ready to support all levels of your organization, including the Office of the Risk Management Officer, to address the full spectrum of risks within a specific business unit and across the entire organization. We will work with your organization to develop, or integrate existing tools, to manage the combined impact of those risks as a portfolio of risk. We also understand that risk cannot be managed in a silo and must be integrated with all lines of business, strategic framework, and performance budgeting processes to be effective. Our risk management consulting solutions involve creating effective risk management solutions.
Any audit program is inherently a risk management function. ODS has the capability to provide a host of audit services to support financial/accounting functions and internal controls, operational and management processes, performance management execution, and program execution. Our audit solutions are based on the following:
Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) (per FASAB Handbook);
Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI); and
ANSI, IEEE, and other relevant standards.
Financial Management Services
An agency’s or private company’s financial practices are often the most scrutinized aspect of business operations. Using our experience, ODS assists develops, and coordinates with all aspects of the planning and implementation of budget deliverables. Whether you need us to review and make recommendations on budget proposals or assist in developing financial forecasts, we can help. And, as with everything we do, we bring a long-term, strategic vision to the work that will help your organization succeed.
Tasks we support include:
Preparation of budgets and budget materials;
Reviewing and making recommendations on budget proposals;
Developing out-year forecast estimates for expenditures and revenues;
Reviewing and integrating performance management approach;
Developing and maintaining budget monitoring models;
Coordinating and production budget execution monitoring reports; and
Training on an organization’s policies and procedures.
Financial Data Integrity/Special Studies
We also assist our clients in conducting special studies, which require data compilation and information analysis in oral and written presentations. Such special projects may include a financial forecast, the impact of proposed legislation, or preparation of Congressional Justification (CJ) and OMB Justification documents. Our team prepares inputs, assists in developing issue papers for stakeholders and the general public, and Congressional briefing materials.
Performance Management (GPRA/GPRAMA)
A strong performance management system allows organizations to understand the relationships between planning, budgeting, and execution. A robust approach to performance management allows managers and leaders to make more informed, risk-based decisions and solutions to effectively manage the programs that deliver products and services to their stakeholders. ODS’s expertise and solutions are based on decades of collective experience from implementing and managing private sector performance management systems to implementing the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) Modernization Act (GPRAMA) of 2010. We have deep subject matter expertise in OMB Circulars A-11, A-123, and A-136 and how they interrelate with respect to a sound performance management system. We can deliver and support performance management services focused on one portion of your performance management system or we can support a full suite of services needed to support GPRAMA.
Business Processing Re-engineering
At ODS, we view business process re-engineering as a radical restructuring of an organizations business processes to achieve quantum leap improvements in business function and efficiency. Our solution architects take a holistic approach to BPR and design interim and future-state business concept of operations that address the core issues within an organization that is causing inefficiency and waste. The result is a corporate evolution that yields a significant return on investment. Let ODS help you make success possible. Together we can evolve your organization to the next level ahead of the market, and ahead of your competition.