OMB Issues Implementation Guidance for PMIAA

Buenos Aires, Argentina Chapter

As Senior Vice President, Strategy, Murat Bicak is responsible for overseeing the shaping of PMI’s long term strategy, supporting the execution for the company’s business objectives, increasing footprint in high growth markets, and advancing PMI's capabilities in partnering with organizations both in the public and private sectors.

On 25 June 2018, project and program management within the U.S. federal government took a major step forward as the U.S. Office Management and Budget (OMB) issued the initial implementation guidance for the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act of 2015 (PMIAA).

As this law is fully implemented over time by the OMB, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and a range of federal agencies, it will significantly reform project and program management policy across the federal government in four important ways:

  • Creating a formal job series and career path for program managers in the federal government
  • Developing a standards-based program management policy across the federal government
  • 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
  • Sharing knowledge of successful approaches to program management through an interagency council on program management

Last month’s release of the OMB guidance marks a new milestone for the project management profession. For the first time, the U.S. federal government has codified project and program management best practices into law. With the forthcoming creation of a dedicated job series for federal government project and program managers, we will see increased training …

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