Globally, in 2015, PMI made significant steps to shape the future of the profession at the government level.
PMI successfully advocated for 21 amendments in European Union (EU) government legislation regarding standardized project management practices. Now that funding is available, it is imperative for this money to be well invested and managed. Weaknesses in national, regional and local governments can put the success of programs at risk.
Throughout 2015, PMI President and CEO Mark A. Langley presented to senior representatives from key EU institutions concerning the urgent need to simplify how EU cohesion policy funds are disbursed and managed, while preserving sound administrative and financial discipline.
PMI advocated focusing on three imperatives that would improve the chances of success on government-led projects:
Concentrate attention on critical initiatives
Use smart and simple processes
Foster talent and build capabilities
PMI supported the United States (U.S.) House of Representatives Government Efficiency Caucus in its quest to establish legislation focused on improving efficiency and reducing waste across the U.S. federal government. This legislation, called “The Program Management Improvement & Accountability Act of 2015,” creates a career path for federal program managers, standardizes project management practices across federal agencies, recognizes the role of executive sponsors, and focuses efforts on “high-risk” projects and programs as defined by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). In addition to the legislative advisement efforts, PMI also forged an agreement with GAO to utilize and cite PMI standards when conducting independent project and program reviews as the auditing capability of the U.S. federal government’s legislative branch.
Featured Reports on Program Management
Spotlighting the versatility of project management in making positive business impacts for government agencies both large and small across the spectrum of missions.
Improving Program Management in the Federal Government
Focuses on how to strengthen project and program management within the U.S. federal government, particularly promoting program management approaches in acquisition and IT areas.
Building High-Performance Project Talent — A Transformational Initiative
In an effort to develop strong, effective project managers, the Canadian Department of National Defence created and implemented a comprehensive, robust program to develop and formally qualify all project managers to position the organization for ongoing project management success. This was chronicled in the first-ever collaborative study between PMI and the Canadian federal government.