New Federal Law

New law will improve USA federal government
project management

The Project Management Institute (PMI) reports that on 14 December 2017, President Barack Obama signed the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act (PMIAA) of 2015 into law.

This new law aims to improve USA federal government project and program management by:

  • Creating a formal job series and career path for program and project managers
  • Developing a standards-based model for program and project management
  • Designating a senior executive responsible for project and program management policy and strategy
  • Leveraging an inter-agency council on program management to share best practices.

According to PMI research, only 64 percent of government strategic initiatives meet their goals and business intent and government entities waste $101 million for every $1 billion spent on projects and programs. The reforms outlined in the PMIAA align with PMI member input that indicates organizations who invest in program management talent and standards improve outcomes, accountability and efficiency. The passage of PMIAA into law illustrates an acknowledgement of the value of project and program management by the USA government, and therefore lays an important groundwork as PMI continues to advocate for the profession in governments around the world.

South Africa was the first country in the world to pass such a law, namely, the Project and Construction Project Management Professions Act 48 of 2000 which requires persons who manage projects within the Built Environment from conception to completion, including management of related professional services, to be registered with the South African Council for Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) as a Professional Construction Project Manager (PrCPM). The Built Environment includes all structures that are planned and/or erected above or underground, as well as the land utilised for the purpose and supporting infrastructure.

ProjectPro offers a 3-day Construction Project Management (CPM) training course which prepares candidates for registration with the SACPCMP. It covers the principles, processes, tools and techniques of project management in an engineering and construction context. For more information visit

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