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Senate Bill Aims for Federal Program Mgmt Reform

senateA bill introduced by Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) seeks to help federal agencies emulate project management strategies that have worked in the private sector.

Ernst said Thursday the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act of 2015 aims “to correct widespread deficiencies, lax oversight and unnecessary cost incurred by preventable delays in meeting stated program goals and deadlines.”

The bill would require the Office of Management and Budget to implement policies, standards and guidelines for planning and managing federal projects.

It also calls for the appointment of a program management improvement officer at every agency and the formation of a program management policy council within OMB.

Reps. Gerald Connolly (D-Va.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) introduced similar legislation into the House.

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