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Implementing the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act

OMB Director Mulvaney’s PMIAA guidance memo to US government executive departments and agencies added to the PMWL

29 December 2018 – Washington, DC, USA – Access to a new public project management resource has been added to the PM World Library.  The resource is titled “Improving the Management of Federal Programs and Projects through Implementing the Program Management Improvement Accountability Act (PMIAA)” and is a Memorandum for Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies from Mick Mulvaney, Director, Office of Management and Budget, U.S. Government.

On December 14, 2016, the Program Management Improvement Accountability Act (PMIAA), Public Law No. 114-264, was signed into law. The PMIAA aimed to improve program and project management (P/PM) practices within the Federal Government, requires Governmentwide standards and policies for program management, and establishes a new interagency council to improve P/PM practices among agencies. The PMIAA establishes a new role, the Program Management Improvement Officer (PMIO). The responsibility of PMIOs is to implement program management policies established by their respective agencies and develop strategies to enhance the role of program management and managers within their departments.

Additionally, the PMIAA requires that agencies conduct annual portfolio reviews of programs in coordination with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to ensure major programs are being managed effectively, and that OMB conduct reviews of areas identified by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) as "high risk." This Memorandum from OMB Director Mulvaney established initial implementation guidance to begin a coordinated and Government-wide approach to strengthen P/PM practices in Federal agencies and improve Government performance. To read the PMIAA and Memorandum, click here.

To access this resource, go to the Public P/PM Resources section of the PMWL at, click on “USA”, then on “U.S. National Government Agencies”, then “Office of Management and Budget”, then scroll down to title. Must be registered as Free Trial or Member and logged-in to access.