They’re making headway in Washington with program accountability.  It’s almost been five years since the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act (PMIAA) was signed into law.  And in Washington, the question for any legislation is…Does it work?

Seems to work!

The early (in the molasses-like machinations of government time) first good sign is that the Office of Management and Budget took on their role as the lead arbiter of “good programs” back in 2018.  How is that a good sign?  Someone is actually taking on a general over-arching role within the Federal sector!  Nice to know what agency is in charge.

Showing UP

Within the 24 agencies required to adhere to the PMIAA, there’s also promising news.  Agencies are ensuring that there’s MONEY to support project management done well.  As recently as last month, the Department of State looked ahead to the FY 2022 budget, calling out the specifics of how they plan to strengthen the agency’s capacity to plan, resource and implement evidence-based programming to achieve effective and sustainable results.

And within that narrow call, they cite their intent to build on their capabilities as program and project managers. 

Why does that matter?  It’s buried in the Foreign Operations FY2022 budget…but it’s THERE!

Why do you care?  If you’re leaning toward Federal work, the expectation is that you “speak” project management.  And the Fedspeak for project management is aligned with the Project Management Institute’s “speak.”  Your consultants, vendors, support personnel and other related PM staff can prove their ability to do so with a PMP certification (or at least a CAPM). 

Why do I care?  PMI is offering the very very first public CAPM capstone course (that you can take before or after the on-demand training) next week.  I’ll be teaching it!  It’s available at:

And if you’re looking to really knock the PMP out of the park?

Love to have you!  E-mail or call with more questions.