Federal PM Reform Moves Forward
The U.S. House of Representatives has approved the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act, which will reform federal program management in several ways, including the creation of a formal career path for project managers and an interagency council to share knowledge.
The U.S. House of Representatives has approved S.1550, the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act of 2015 (PMIAA), which will enhance accountability and best practices in project and program management throughout the federal government. PMIAA, which has been strongly supported by the Project Management Institute, reforms federal program management policy in four important ways:
1. Creating a formal job series and career path for program managers in the federal government.
2. Developing a standards-based program management policy across the federal government.
3. Recognizing the essential role of executive sponsorship and engagement by designating a senior executive in federal agencies to be responsible for program management policy and strategy.
4. Sharing knowledge of successful approaches to program management through an interagency council on program management.
“This critical legislation will help maximize efficiency within the U.S. federal government, thereby generating more successful program outcomes and increasing the value that Americans receive for their
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