Transforming a Federal Agency: Management Lessons from HUD's Financial Reconstruction

  • 4h 36m
  • Irving L. Dennis
  • John Wiley & Sons (US)
  • 2021

Discover how the author transformed a massive government department in just a few years and fixed seemingly unfixable problems

In Transforming a Federal Agency: Management Lessons from HUD’s Financial Reconstruction, finance and strategy expert Irving (Irv) L. Dennis delivers an insightful and eye-opening exploration of the lessons he learned in bringing private sector experience to the transformation of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s financial systems.

Pulled out of retirement after a 37-year career at Ernst & Young (EY), the author’s tenure at HUD involved a rapid and surgical rejuvenation of their financial infrastructure. The book details the ten management areas he focused on and also includes:

  • The transformation process and the barriers and roadblocks the author encountered on his journey
  • Ensuring an enduring transformation even after changes in administration
  • Functional differences between the private sector and governmental organizations
  • How the author approached his first 100 days as Chief Financial Officer of the Department
  • Insights into the innerworkings of the Executive Branch of government

Perfect for government employees, finance professionals in the public and private sectors, and business students, Transforming a Federal Agency is a simultaneously fascinating and instructive journey through the remediation of seemingly intractable financial mismanagement.

About the Author

Irv Dennis is a strategic board member, advisor, executive, and financial expert. He is the former Chief Financial Officer of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and spent a 37-year career at Ernst & Young, LLP, retiring as a Senior Global Client Service Partner.

In this Book

  • Foreword from Former Secretary of HUD, Dr. Ben Carson
  • Introduction—What the Reader Can Expect
  • The Nomination Process
  • About HUD
  • HUD's State of Affairs
  • My First Hundred Days
  • Evaluation of Governance, People, Processes, and Technology (GPPT)
  • Understanding How it Got This Bad
  • Barriers to Success
  • Building the Platform for Success
  • Financial and IT Modernization
  • Coordination with Critical Service Providers
  • The Results—Where We Were in 2020
  • Making HUD's Transformation Sustainable
  • Differences Between the Private and Public Sectors
  • Final Thoughts—An Experience of a Lifetime