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Posted by on Dec 10, 2019

Where is Your Agency on PMIAA Implementation?

Where is Your Agency on PMIAA Implementation?

It’s hard to believe that it has been three years since the Program Management Improvement Accountability Act (PMIAA), was signed into law. It established standards and a future roadmap to significantly improve program and project management (P/PM) in the Federal Government.

5-Year Plan

In June of 2018, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a 5-Year Strategic Outline for Improving P/PM that consisted of three key strategies:

  • Strategy 1 – Coordinated Governance
  • Strategy 2 – Regular OMB/Agency Engagement and Reviews
  • Strategy 3 – Strengthening Program Management Capacity to Build a Capable PM Workforce

Because the aim of PMIAA is quite extensive, OMB divided the implementation into three phases:

Phase I Focus

Phase II Focus

  • Focused on expanding portfolio reviews of programs to include grants
  • Scheduled to start FY 2020, Q1 and end FY 2021, Q4

Phase III Focus

  • The issuance of a revised 5-year strategic plan with updated strategies
  • Identification of additional programmatic areas for portfolio reviews
  • Continued refinement of P/PM standards for other program types
  • Scheduled to begin FY 2022, Q1

Proof of Progress

All of the Federal agencies covered by the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 (except for the Department of Defense) are subject to PMIAA. While implementation is happening, much of the progress is not clear to the general public. Check out the following agencies’ links listed below for examples of policies, templates that demonstrate their efforts to meet the PMIAA guidelines:

Department of Energy

“In the Project Management Institute’s 2016 Pulse of the Profession report, only 7% of organizations were recognized as Project Management “champions.” The Department of Energy is one of these elite few. Champions accomplish 80% or more of their projects on time and on budget while meeting the original goals and business intent.” DOE PM website

Department of Homeland Security

Department of the Interior

Office of Personnel Management

What steps has your agency taken to implement PMIAA? What kinds of training or support do you need to reach your objectives? We’d love to hear from you.


Natalie Komitsky is the Content Marketing Manager at Management Concepts. For more than ten years, she has been creating compelling content that tells stories, communicates ideas, and captivates readers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Nonfiction Writing, and Editing from George Mason University.

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