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Improving Project Management at US DOE

November 2014 report now driving agency-wide project management improvement program at US Department of Energy

7 March 2015 – Improving Project Management is a Report of the Contract and Project Management Working Group established in 2013 by the US Secretary of Energy. Their report was issued in November 2014. Access to the report has been added to the PM World Library.

The Contract and Project Management Working Group was formed at the request of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz in August 2013 to analyze project management issues at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The working group is chaired by a Senior Advisor to Secretary Moniz and includes a group of senior project management leaders from the following offices at DOE:

  • Office of the Secretary
  • Loan Programs Office
  • National Nuclear Security Administration
  • Office of Acquisition and Project Management
  • Office of Environmental Management
  • Office of Management and Performance
  • Office of Science

The purpose of the Contract and Project Management Working Group is to improve project management execution. To that end, this report reflects frank analysis of a number of issues surrounding project management, and offers potential recommendations for addressing such issues. The group identified four key factors that contribute to project management success or failure at DOE:

  • Ownership, accountability, responsibility and alignment
  • Front‐end planning
  • Funding
  • Independent oversight

To access this report, go to, click on “USA Agencies and Organizations”, proceed to “US Federal Government Organizations” and the “US Department of Energy” pages, click on “Improving Project Management”. You must be a logged in member to access.