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Risk Management - It's Risky Business, but That's a Good Thing


In the battle for program success, Risk Management uses qualitative and quantitative methods for the identification, analysis and prioritization of potential undesired outcomes to determine the best mitigation strategy. To make the best use of these tools, safety and operations must mesh together in such a manner that Risk Management and safety are a part of the planning and execution of all projects, programs and missions. Risk Management requires daily evolution, and effective risk mitigation requires consistent and clear communication, training and awareness. Good Risk Management practices can result in proactive Risk Management, better informed decision-making with improved use of risk information and more effective management of implementation risks.

You are invited to join this installment of the Safety and Health Learning Alliance, featuring Mark Nunn, Air Force Risk Management program manager; Dave Marciniak, General Services Administration safety and health manager; and Chris Toms, Coast Guard senior Risk Management and operations research analyst, who will discuss lessons learned in Risk Management, as well as how their organizations 

  • Assess and specify risk
  • Accept risk
  • Communicate risk up the management chain
  • Use risk tools to prioritize funding, operations and activities

Mark Nunn

Mark E. Nunn currently is dual-hatted as the as the chief of the Air Force (AF) Safety Automated System (AFSAS) requirements development team and AF Risk Management (RM) process manager. His primary responsibilities are the oversight and leadership of the AFSAS program requirements development process for new system development efforts and day-to-day sustainment of the system. In addition, he is responsible for the overall program management of the AF RM process to include guidance updates and changes, training development and overall program coordination across AF and Department of Defense.

Nunn entered AF in August 1986. He graduated undergraduate pilot training at Vance AF Base (AFB), Okla., in 1988. As a command pilot with over 4,000 hours in the C-141B, C-20 and C-37 aircraft, he served as a C-141B line and schoolhouse instructor pilot, Headquarters Air Mobility Command (AMC) Staff Officer in charge of training resources for all AMC airlift and tanker training operations, and as a special airlift mission aircraft commander for the 89th Airlift Wing at Andrews AFB, Md. He was assigned to the AF Safety Center (AFSEC) in July 2004 as an aviation mishap investigator within the Flight Safety (SEF) division. He served in SEF for two years and moved to the Analysis and Integration division as the chief of the Analysis and Integration Branch. He has lead and participated in six Class A Safety Investigation Boards worldwide and conducted six major Safety Analysis Team studies for the AF, AF Special Operations Command, Air Mobility Command, AF Materiel Command and Pacific AF. Nunn retired from active duty in April 2009 as a lieutenant colonel after 22 years of dedicated service and was immediately rehired by AFSEC to head the AF RM program revitalization effort. In fiscal year 2013, he took on additional responsibility as the chief of the AFSAS Requirements Development Team to enhance requirements gathering efforts for future AFSAS module development and day-to-day sustainment of the AFSAS program.

Nunn has a Bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering technology, a Master’s degree in computer resource management and is a graduate of both Air War College and Air Command and Staff. He has numerous awards including the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters and the Award for Meritorious Civilian Service.

David Marciniak

David Marciniak is the U.S. General Services Administration's (GSA) Headquarters safety engineer for the agency's owned and leased facilities. He is located within Headquarters’ Environmental, Health and Safety Risk Management division, and provides safety and health policy and guidance on design, construction and operations to GSA's 11 regional offices.

Prior to joining GSA in 2001, Marciniak spent 20 years with the Department of Defense — 10 in safety, occupational health and emergency management and 10 in system (design) safety.

Marciniak has an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, a graduate degree in systems engineering, is a licensed Professional Engineer and a Certified Safety Professional. He is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers.

Chris Toms

Chris Toms is senior analyst and team lead of the Risk and Operations Research branch of the U.S. Coast Guard Office of Performance Management and Assessment. His key areas of responsibility include performance analysis, risk assessment and decision support for Coast Guard strategic and annual performance planning processes. His specific initiatives include design and oversight of various program performance studies, development and execution of the Coast Guard National Maritime Strategic Risk Assessment, and serving as a Subject Matter Expert in support of the Department of Homeland Security’s National Risk Characterization.

Toms graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelors of Science in operations research and computer analysis in May of 2005. He served two years in Kodiak, Alaska, as a department head aboard the Coast Guard Cutter STORIS and completed his active duty service at the Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center, where he conducted work-studies that facilitated the centralization and improvement of the Coast Guard’s Mariner Credentialing Program. Toms currently is pursuing a Masters of Arts in strategic studies from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Risk Management - It's Risky Business, but That's a Good Thing


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