Christine Shafik is director of the Office of Risk Management for the U.S. Department of Energy. In this role, she is responsible for the oversight of the department’s financial resource planning, as well as the management of the department’s Financial Management Oversight Program. She also plays a vital role in the implementation of an effective internal control program and in the management of the department’s audit resolution and follow-up activities. Finally, Shafik is responsible for providing a corporate financial review and analysis to the CFO of the department.
We had the chance to talk to her about the Recovery Act funds because the Department of Energy received around $40 billion to create more clean-energy jobs, as well as make the country less dependent on foreign oil. We learned how the Department of Energy has gone above and beyond OMB requirements, what forward-looking risk management means, and how Shafik manages an extremely large amount of information on a day-to-day basis.