From Tommy Goodwin, Government Relations Manager, PMI
Great news! On 14 December, President Barack Obama signed the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act (PMIAA) into law!
As the global advocate for project managers and the project management profession, PMI supported this first-of-its-kind law in the United States to improve workforce development opportunities for project and program managers and improve the success rates and efficiencies of federal government projects and programs.
“PMIAA is an important step to improving the [U.S.] government’s ability to effectively manage its portfolio of projects and programs and will help ensure program managers are able to serve as stewards of taxpayer dollars,” said PMI President and Chief Executive Officer Mark A. Langley.
PMI led the charge on Capitol Hill to demonstrate that organizations that invest in project and program management talent and standards improve outcomes, accountability and efficiency. With PMI’s Pulse of the Profession® research showing that government entities globally waste $101 million for every $1 billion spent on project and programs, lawmakers from both political parties were eager to support legislation that would help improve project and program outcomes and increase the value that Americans receive for their tax dollars.
PMI is grateful for the support of the bipartisan, bicameral authors of the PMIAA legislation—Sen. Joni Ernst from Iowa, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp from North Dakota, Rep. Todd Young from Indiana, and Rep. Gerry Connolly from Virginia—as well as the following co-sponsors:
- Sen. Bob Casey from Pennsylvania
- Rep. Mike Bishop from Michigan
- Rep. Susan Brooks from Indiana
- Rep. Matt Cartwright from Pennsylvania
- Rep. Steve Chabot from Ohio
- Rep. Barbara Comstock from Virginia
- Rep. Scott DesJarlais from Tennessee
- Rep. Tammy Duckworth from Illinois
- Rep. Sam Graves from Missouri
- Rep. Richard Hanna from New York
- Rep. Adam Kinzinger from Illinois
- Rep. Steven Palazzo from Mississippi
- Rep. Steve Pearce from New Mexico
- Rep. Hal Rogers from Kentucky
- Rep. Pete Session from Texas
- Rep. Jackie Walorski from Indiana
Now that the bill has been signed into law, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has one year to implement the new law… and PMI will be working with OMB and the federal agencies to ensure the U.S. government realizes the benefits of this landmark legislation.