Performance-Based Earned Value
Program Management Improvement Accountability Act
PMIAA includes Section 2, Project Management. It adds additional functions to the Office of
Management and Budget (OMB) Deputy Director for Management. The new requirements
include Program and Project Management.
Sec. 2 Excerpts:
‘‘(A) adopt government-wide standards, policies, and guidelines for program and project
management for executive agencies;
‘‘(B) oversee implementation of program and project management for the standards, policies,
and guidelines established under subparagraph (A);
‘‘(C) chair the Program Management Policy Council established under section 1126(b);
‘‘(D) establish standards and policies for executive agencies, consistent with widely accepted
standards for program and project management planning and delivery;
‘‘(E) engage with the private sector to identify best practices in program and project
management that would improve Federal program and project management;
‘‘(H) establish a 5-year strategic plan for program and project management.
Project Management Body of Knowledge®
The Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Management Body of Knowledge®
(PMBOK® Guide) contains an ANSI standard (ANSI/PMI 99-001-2013). PMBOK® Guide
should be considered to comply with the objectives of the NDAA and to replace ANSI-748,
the Earned Value Management System (EVMS) Standard. A rationale to discard EVMS was
provided in my article in Defense AT&L, “Earned Value Management Acquisition Reform”
(Nov.-Dec. 2010). It is recommended that DoD consider the article when developing the
required standards, policies, and guidelines. PMBOK® Guide is used by project management
practitioners world-wide and will provide program and project management transparency.
Pertinent excerpts from PMBOK® Guide are at the tab, "PMBOK Excerpts."
Excerpts from the article and a link to it follow:
1. In 2009, DoD reported that EVM, based on the EVMS Standard, no longer serves its
2. Sen. Susan Collins stated that the GAO observed that contractor EVM reporting lacks
consistency and leads to inaccurate data and faulty application of the EVM metric. “In other
words, garbage in, garbage out.” Collins concluded that, “With improved EVM data quality,
both the government and the contractor will be able to improve program oversight, leading
to better acquisition outcomes.”
3. The time has come to ask whether DoD and other federal agencies should continue to rely
on ANSI-748 or should adopt the best practices of commercial companies that use EVM
voluntarily, not because of a contractual mandate.
4. Project management standards and best practices that are used by commercial companies
should be considered for acquisition reform.
5. Commercial information technology companies in India and South Korea use EVM
processes and best practices based primarily on the PMBOK® Guide and its focus on the
technical baseline and Technical Performance Measures (TPM). (See article, Performance-
based EV in Commercial IT Projects, at tab "Articles and Tutorial"
6. PMBOK® Guide practices include:
Use of TPM to assess planned vs. actual technical performance.
EVM data…will be reliable and accurate only if the right base
measures of technical performance are selected and progress
is objectively assessed.
If you are measuring the wrong things or not measuring the right
way, then EVM may be more costly to administer and may provide
less management value.