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Program Management Bill Heads to White House After Senate Approval

CongressA bill that would require federal agencies to develop a career path for program managers is now headed to the White House for President Barack Obama’s signature after the Senate re-approved the proposed measure via unanimous vote, Federal News Radio reported Monday.

Eric White writes the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act of 2015 would authorize agencies to appoint a senior executive who will oversee the development of policies and strategies on program management.

The Senate approved the bill for the second time on Nov. 30 after a revised version of the proposed measure cleared the House in September, the Project Management Institute said Thursday.

The proposed legislation also aims to facilitate the development of a standards-based program management policy across agencies and form an interagency council that will work to promote sharing of program management approaches, according to PMI.

Mark Langley, president and CEO of PMI, said Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) helped advance the bipartisan bill in the upper chamber.

“We look forward to having this bill signed into law by President Barack Obama in the coming days,” Langley added.

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