Government Activities & Advocacy

Improving government efficiency and effectiveness through better project and program management

Government entities waste US$97 million for every US$1 billion invested in projects and programs. When governments commit to project and program management leading practices, consistently better outcomes are well within reach.

PMI is committed to supporting project, program and portfolio management within governments worldwide. Our global government relations team works with lawmakers, agencies, ministries, and parliamentary bodies around the world to encourage adoption of leading project and program management practices, which improves delivery of goods and services and reduces unnecessary waste.

Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act

In December 2016, President Barack Obama signed the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act (PMIAA) into law, which will improve project and program management practices and bolster workforce development throughout the United States federal government.

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Improving Program Management in the Federal Government

  • Written in partnership with the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), this white paper focuses on how to strengthen project and program management within the U.S. Federal government,…

Program Management Success in Government Case Studies

Key Accomplishments


Leveraging PMI Expertise:

Our subject matter experts helped shape efforts such as The DHS Acquisition Accountability and Efficiency Act, The Federal Information Technology & Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), and the incorporation of global best practices and standards in project and program management into European Union (EU) common provisions legislations to bolster administrative capacity.

Establishing Project Management Best Practices:

Testifying before the US Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Management on how project management best practices and standards help improve the overall workforce and disaster response capacity.

Working with EU Institutions:

Establishing project management capacity as criteria for selecting beneficiaries of EU Cohesion and Structural funds, two key financial instruments of EU regional policy making available up to €366.8 billion to invest across the EU economy. As a result, project management will be at the forefront of leveling economic disparities between EU member states through 2020. 

Supporting Competency in Canada:

Collaborating with the Canadian Treasury Board Secretariat’s five-year policy review on project/program management in government, along with conducting a “crosswalk” analysis with the Canadian Department of National Defense on its recently completed competency development framework.

Improving Workforce Development:

Working with the White House’s Office of Management & Budget (OMB) via the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) to revise its policy on workforce development and recognition of the program and project management workforce

Assisting Reform in Scotland:

Working with the Scottish Government’s reforms and offering various recommendations for improvement in response to the Scottish Government Procurement Reform Bill. PMI was cited in the chamber of the Parliament.

Advocating in India:

Partnering with the India Backbone Implementation Network (IbIn), an important initiative of the Twelfth Five Year Plan established by the Planning Commission under the Government of India. And, developing proposals for project management advocacy for government employees within the Department of Personnel and Training and the Department of Public Enterprises.

Supporting the Military, Veterans and Their Families

Project management is an ideal career for military veterans transitioning into the civilian workforce. Military skills are directly transferable to the project management profession, and U.S. service members are experienced at operationalizing projects. Additionally, a service member’s Warrior Ethos — placing the mission first, never accepting defeat nor quitting, and never leaving a fallen comrade — describes character strengths that can lead an organization to success.

PMI and many of its United States-based chapters are involved in presenting to Active Duty, Guard/Reserve, veterans and spouses the many opportunities that project management offers. The need for project professionals has outpaced the availability of qualified talent, so there is real opportunity for job and career growth.

Take Your Military Experience and Transition to a Career in Project Management

  • Take Your Military Experience and Transition to a Career in Project Management

    Learn about how PMI and many of our United States-based chapters are getting involved in presenting service members and veterans with the many opportunities that project management has to offer.