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What is the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act?

Moira Alexander | Jan. 19, 2017
We all know there is a lot of waste in government. Well some politicians are trying to do something about it by enacting the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act.

How does PMIAA help the PM profession?

Passing the project and program management into law opens up opportunities not only within the government setting but also amplifies and elevates the profession as a whole. PMIAA creates an increased awareness of the need for certified experienced PM professionals across America. It shines a spotlight on the imperative role PM professionals play in government and private sector especially as it relates to accountability, efficiencies, and strategic value.

Why is PMIAA great for Americans overall?

  1. First, PMIAA ensures high-level sponsorship is in place to reduce waste, increase success ratios within all federal agencies and create essential value for taxpayers.

  2. It spells out the necessity for all federal agencies to have an assigned senior executive accountable for program management strategy and policies to ensure success.
  3. The legislation also requires all areas and levels of the federal government to develop and adhere to standards-based program management policies.
  4. It aims to develop formal federal government job criteria and career paths for PMs and can ultimately translate to additional jobs within the government, and the private sector spinoff.
  5. This legislation also helps to establish a program management interagency council to facilitate the sharing of successful practices and PM knowledge for continued improvements.

PMIAA received overwhelming bi-partisan support due to its focus on optimizing efficiency within the federal government and its goal of increasing and maintaining successful program outcomes. It offers taxpayers more piece-of-mind knowing their hard-earned tax dollars are being wisely and responsibly allocated. This also serves as a template for businesses across America to do the same so they too can offer stakeholders improved efficiencies, reduced waste, increased performance, success, and a higher level of satisfaction.

Regardless of political affiliation, walk of life, gender, religion, orientation or any other factor, all American works hard for their dollars and can appreciate and welcome the opportunities for efficiency and accountability that PMIAA is intended to bring about.

 

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