Improving program management leads to benefits such as increased collaboration, improved decision-making, and reduced risk.

Legislation to improve program management practices and bolster workforce development will go to President Obama for his signature. The U.S. Senate has unanimously re-approved S.1550, the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act (PMIAA) of 2015, which enhances accountability and best practices in project and program management throughout the Federal government, and is strongly endorsed by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

PMIAA reforms Federal program management policy in four important ways

Creates a formal job series and career path for program managers in the Federal government

Develops standards-based program management policy across the Federal government

Recognizes the essential role of executive sponsorship and engagement by designating a senior executive in Federal agencies responsible for program management policy and strategy

Shares successful approaches to program management through an interagency council on program management

“This critical legislation will help maximize efficiency within the U.S. government, thereby generating more successful program outcomes and increasing the value Americans receive for their tax dollars,” said PMI President and Chief Executive Officer Mark A. Langley. “We are pleased this landmark bill has passed.”

The reforms outlined in the PMIAA are consistent with PMI member input and research that shows organizations that invest in program management talent and standards improve outcomes, accountability, and efficiency. The findings demonstrated by PMI’s Pulse of the Profession® report also indicate standardized approaches, engaged executive sponsors, and certified professionals are fundamental building blocks to all organizations achieving their highest levels of performance

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Eric is Edwards Director of Healthcare Programs. He has 25+ years of Project Management experience as a contractor to the federal government, and served previously as the Project Management Institutes Baltimore Chapter President. . Currently, he works to define program management roles and responsibilities; provide guidance in the maturity of System Development Life Cycles (SDLC); plan for project communication between senior management, client stakeholders and Program staff; and identify an approach for risk management while upholding Edwards’ core values.