Project-Management

Program Management Act of 2015 HR 2144 = PMP Certification Smart!

Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act of 2015” (HR 2144) makes Project Management Certification, PMP and CAPM, a smart move!

In 2015 legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that will make significant improvements to program and project management policy in the U.S. government. Presented by Congressmen Todd Young (R-IN) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA), the “Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act of 2015” (HR 2144) is a key initiative that will enable the Government Efficiency Caucus of the U.S. Congress to implement leading practices in project and program management across the U.S. government.

Among those reforms included in the legislation are:

  1. Creation of a formal job series and career path for program managers in the federal government.
  2. Development of a standards-based model for program management consistent throughout the federal government.
  3. Recognition of the essential role of executive sponsorship and engagement by designating a senior executive in each agency to be responsible for program management policy and strategy.
  4. Alignment of cross-government approaches to program management through an interagency council on program management.

Many of these reforms are influenced by Project Management Institute (PMI’s) research, which shows that organizations that invest in formal approaches to program management improve outcomes, accountability and efficiency. By adopting program management standards organizations increase collaboration, improve decision making and reduce risk. Research also shows that utilizing proven best practices and standards reduces wasteful spending and increases the efficiency of managing a program. In addition, organizations can expect to see significant improvement in their project completion rates and do so within budget.  
There will be challenges to migrating federal agencies to adopt a program and project management offices practices, but Guruface is here and will be offering live online and prerecorded courses in Project Management leading to PMP and CAPM certification.   

Project management makes sense for government agencies because it not only reduces capital expenditures, but also provides transparent assessment and real-time access to the state of a program or project.  Additionally, with the diminished budgets that so many agencies are experiencing, reducing total cost of ownership and focusing investments on the execution of core strategic issues are a bigger priority today than ever before.

It’s worth noting being a Project Manager in Government ( the public sector) can be very different than in the private sector. This holds true if the project manager is working directly for the government or as a private contractor performing work for a government agency.  The public sector has a much different culture than the private sector, and this can create special issues for the project manager and barriers for the project.   

All organizations experience change in leadership and management, but in government there is a built-in process to enable regular change, namely elections. Many agency heads are elected or appointed by elected officials, and this happens every two or four years. When the leaders of an organization change, they often make more changes that ripple through the organization. This could include turnover within the upper and middle management level–and even a shift in the primary mission of the agency. Just something to be aware of in exploring the new opportunities ahead with the new  “Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act of 2015” (HR 2144) initiative to adopt Project Management Practices Government-wide.   The U.S. demand for Project Managers is expanding by more than 12 percent, resulting in almost 6.2 million jobs predicted in 2020, according to PMI’s 2013 Talent Gap Report.  Expect much of that growth to be in Government and with Government subcontractors.  Guruface is here to offer busy professionals multiples paths to get trained and certified in Project Management.

 

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