2021 National Issues – Tuesday Webinar Series

U.S. GAO 2021 High Risk List

ASCE 2021 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure

ALN Senior Fellows 2021 Paths to Success

Advancing Equity with Asset Leadership in 2021

ALN 2021 National Asset Leadership Strategy

with Grant Thornton

Tuesdays 4 pm Eastern – March 16, 23, 30, April 6 & 30

The ALN is honored to facilitate a series of webinars addressing issues critical to the successful future of the United States Federal Government and its partners throughout the world.

At 4 pm Eastern for the next five Tuesdays, panels of recognized experts will reflect on and discuss their thoughtful look into the critical issues facing the United States Federal Government. Panelists will address the influence of U.S. decisions on the institutions, companies, organizations and individuals impacted by legislation, regulations, and strategy surrounding our national assets.

1) U.S. Government Accountability Office 2021 High Risk ListMarch 16, 4 pm ET

Every 2 years for decades, the GAO has issued a High Risk List — those federal programs that are at highest risk of fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement.  Federal asset management has been on that list for 18 years in the form of federal real property management. It’s still on the list this year, but it is not a broken record.  This year, GAO removed one of the four areas from the list while another area regressed a little.  What improved?  What worsened?  What does it all mean for asset management? Join ALN Tuesday, March 16 at 4pm EST: the GAO analysts that did the work will provide all the details and answer your questions.   

  • Keith Cunningham, U.S. GAO Assistant Director, Infrastructure
  • Amelia Shachoy, U.S. GAO Assistant Director, Infrastructure
  • Colleen Taylor, U.S. GAO Senior Analyst

2) American Society of Civil Engineers 2021 Report Card for America’s InfrastructureMarch 23, 4 pm ET

Every 4 years since 2001 the ASCE has issued an Infrastructure Report Card on the state U.S. infrastructure assets. It’s first Report was issued in 1998. This year, experts graded 17 infrastructure asset categories individually and generated an overall U.S. Infrastructure grade. The overall grade improved to a “C-”. Learn why some categories improved, while others did not. And learn why the ASCE sees how improved asset management can contribute to the U.S. continuing to raise the grade.

  • Anna Denecke, Director, Infrastructure Initiatives, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Caroline Sevier, Director, Government Relations, ASCE
  • David Totman, American Society of Civil Engineers representative as a Voting Member of the US Technical Advisory Group to ISO Technical Committee 251 responsible for the ISO 55000 standard on Asset Management and Vice President, Asset Manager with Innovyze

3) ALN Senior Fellows 2021 Paths to SuccessMarch 30, 4 pm ET

The ALN Senior Fellow Program was established to provide industry-specific experts a platform for presenting best practices that can be repeated by others in their field – and can be adapted by leaders in other fields.

Learn what ALN Senior Fellows think of the GAO High Risk Report, the ASCE Infrastructure Report Card and how their initiatives can improve issues highlighted in these reports.

ALN Senior Fellow presenters will include:

  • Tacoma Zach, President, Uberlytics, an ALN Organizational Member
  • Jack Kelly, ALN Board of Directors Member and formerly with OMB for 36 years
  • Marty Rowland, Primary author of an ASTM Standard on Municipal Asset Management
  • Bob Smith, ALN Board of Directors Member, ALN Senior Fellow, ALN PhAIM Board Co-Chair
  • Art Kurland, University Health System, San Antonio, Director of Asset Management and ALN Senior Fellow
  • Mike Aimone, ALN Senior Fellow

4) Advancing Equity with Asset Leadership in 2021April 6, 4 pm ET

The ALN Advancing Equity with Asset Leadership Committee established a position paper that was presented to the Biden-Harris Transition Team in December 2020. Members of the Committee will discuss the content of the position paper and how asset leadership can play a critical role in achieving the equity goals that are at the heart of the new Administration’s agenda.

  • Mildred Chua-Ulger, recently retired Director and Program Executive, Enterprise Information and Asset Management, New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority
  • And other members of the Committee

5) ALN 2021 National Asset Leadership StrategyApril 13, 4 pm ET

It became obvious that in order gain benefits from a proven, international asset management structure, the U.S. would need a template National Asset Leadership Strategy for legislators and agency executives to adapt in support of their goals and mission success. With the strong support of ALN Organizational Member Grant Thornton, the ALN published a document and presented it to the Biden-Harris Transition Team, just as it presented asset management recommendations to the Trump-Pence Transition Team in 2016. Learn how the 2021 National Asset Leadership Strategy can allow all relevant stakeholders to participate in shaping an approach to achieving measurable success to resolve seemingly intractable asset management problems.

  • Ed Safdie, Director, Grant Thornton
  • Moshe Nelson, Principal, Grant Thornton
  • Jack Kelly, ALN Board of Directors Member and formerly with OMB for 36 years
  • Jim Dieter, ALN CEO
  • Jonathan Schneider, Manager at Grant Thornton Public Sector