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Public Risk Magazine

Public Risk, PRIMA’s 10-time-per-year magazine, is the flagship publication of the  association. This publication provides risk managers with timely, focused information  in an easy-to-read format. Public Risk features articles from risk management  practitioners as well as industry professionals. Articles range from current trends,  risk management procedures and guidelines, legislation changes, spotlights and  more that will engage your office while keeping them informed!

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January 2018

 

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Featured Articles:

Managing the Risk of
UNMANNED AIR VEHICLES

By Kathleen L. Wieneke, Esq., Daniel P. Struck, Esq., and Dana M. Giallonardo, Esq.

The FAA estimates that by this year, as many as 7,500 commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (“UAVs”), or “drones,” will be operating within the United States. Public agencies now have access to valuable technology, once available only to the military and its related entities, aimed at maintaining public safety, protecting law enforcement officers from harm, and collecting valuable data and imaging in order to aid in search and rescue missions, accident reconstruction, or to respond to natural or manmade disasters. In the future, UAVs could help law enforcement in hostage negotiations, missing persons, drug interdictions, crime scene analysis, criminal surveillance and pursuit, and in creating maps to solve crimes.

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Are You a Data Whisperer?
Psst—It Can Tame Your Workers' Compensation Costs!

By Michelle Despres, PT, CEAS II

Workers’ compensation claims are in some ways like wild mustangs. They can be dangerously unpredictable in terms of cost and duration and prone to suddenly resist guidelines and oversight. Sometimes, they can erupt into frenzied activity that bucks against all expectations and can potentially harm both the patient and employer.

An advanced warning before these exploding claims occur is the key to keeping treatment plans on track and avoiding adverse clinical and financial outcomes. Predictive analytics is the tool that can rein them in—and possibly tame them completely.

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The Internal Audit Function
Challenges and Opportunities for Today’s Public Risk Manager

By Joe Jarret

According to the United States Government Accounting Office, internal audits provide public sector entities with essential accountability and transparency over the various programs undertaken and services provided on behalf of the general citizenry. Given the current challenges and increased scrutiny facing governments and their programs, the oversight provided through the internal auditing process is more critical than ever. The same can be said of the risk manager’s role in the auditing process. The internal auditing process provides objective analysis and information needed to make the decisions necessary to insure taxpayer assets are protected and wisely utilized. It stands to reason then that risk managers are perfectly suited to assist auditors in providing a framework for performing high-quality audit work with competence, integrity, objectivity, transparency and independence to provide accountability and to help improve government operations and services.

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