Improving Program Management: Key Actions Taken, but Further Efforts Needed to Strengthen Standards, Expand Reviews, and Address High-Risk Areas, Report to Congressional Committees   [open pdf - 888KB]

From GAO [Government Accountability Office] Highlights: "PMIAA [Program Management Improvement Accountabilitiy [sic] Act of 2016] requires OMB [Office of Management and Budget] to adopt program management standards and guidelines government-wide; OPM [Office of Personnel Management] is to establish new--or revise existing--occupational standards for program and project management. PMIAA includes a provision for GAO, no later than 3 years after the enactment of the act, to issue a report examining the implementation and effectiveness of certain provisions of the act on federal program and project management. This report (1) describes steps taken by OMB, OPM, and agencies to implement PMIAA; (2) assesses OMB's efforts to address issues on GAO's High-Risk List using PMIAA; and (3) examines the extent to which OMB provided methods for agencies to measure and assess the results of PMIAA. GAO reviewed documents from and conducted interviews with OMB and OPM. GAO surveyed all 24 CFO [Chief Financial Officers] Act agencies, and selected five agencies to illustrate implementation efforts. GAO also interviewed subject matter specialists from academia and the private sector regarding their views on how program and project management practices applied to PMIAA."

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