Performance-Based Earned Value
Paul Solomon, is the co-author of the book, Performance-Based Earned Value® and is an advocate of acquisition reform in the Federal Government with regard to Earned Value Management System (EVMS). He is internationally recognized as a leader and teacher of EVM. He published many articles on EVM, systems engineering, software metrics, and risk management. His recommendations were included in two American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards, in DoD policy and guides, and in federal legislation.
He retired from Northrop Grumman Corporation where he supported the use of EVM on the B-2 Stealth Bomber, Global Hawk, and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter programs. He was certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI) to be a Project Management Professional (PMP).
Paul was on the team that wrote the ANSI/EIA-748, the EVMS Standard, and received the DoD David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award for that achievement. He was a visiting scientist at the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute where he authored the paper, "Using CMMI to Improve EVM." His recommendations have been included in the following PMI standards and DoD policies and guides:
1. "PMI Project Management Body of Knowledge" (PMBOK® Guide) and the "PMI Practice Standard for EVM": product scope, risk management, management reserve, acceptance criteria (in WBS dictionary), and Estimate at Completion
2. "DoD EVMS Interpretation Guide" and "DoD Instruction 5000.02, Acquisition of the Defense Acquisition System": technical performance
3. "Defense Acquisition Guide" (DAG): CH 3–2.7 Systems Engineering Role in Contracting
4. "NAVAIR Software EVM Toolkit," 2004: technical performance, requirements, and rework
He served on the National Defense Industrial Association Program Management Systems Committee and was Vice President. His recommendations on EVM Acquisition reform were included in the Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2011, the 2009 DoD EVM: Performance, Oversight, and Governance- Report to Congress on EVM (in response to WSARA), and the NDAA for FY 2017.
He filed a False Claims Act (whistleblower) complaint against Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, alleging fraud on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, in 2007.
Education and Certifications:
B.A. degree from Dartmouth College. M.B.A. degree from Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth. Honors graduate of the Air Force Institute of Technology Cost/Schedule Control Systems Criteria course, 1990.
Military Service: Vietnam War Veteran, U.S. Army Finance Officer.