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Program Management Improvement Accountability Act at-a-glance


On December 14, 2016, Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act (PMIAA) was signed into law. The law will:

Promote effective standards,
policies, and guidelines

Improve cost and schedule
performance of high-risk projects


The Project Management Institute’s Pulse of the Profession report shows only 62 percent of government strategic initiatives ever meet their goals and business intent—and that government entities waste $122 million for every $1 billion spent on projects and programs.



What agencies can do now

The Act gives agencies a compelling and shared business reason to start reaping the benefits of increased project management rigor. Here are three simple steps—at the team or agency level—agencies can start now.


People: Are the right PMs with the right PM knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) managing the right projects?

KSAs: Do current and future PMs have access to PM training to build KSAs?

Risk: Are key project and program risks being managed?


Training: Identify training opportunities that are easily accessible and already available for PM related tasks.

Collaboration: Form a working group of PM professionals that can share and standardize best practices.

Development: Encourage PMs to use PMI for tools, resources, and self-directed training plans.


Hiring: Elevate the importance of project management skills as part of hiring assessment.

Training: Identify longer term training needs in a needs assessment plan.

Track: Identify project management successes, best practices, and lessons learned.