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Improving Program Management: Key Actions Taken, but Further Efforts Needed to Strengthen Standards, Expand Reviews, and Address High-Risk Areas

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Deputy Director for Management The Deputy Director for Management of OMB, in conjunction with the PMPC, should develop program and project management standards to include (1) a minimum threshold for determining the extent to which agencies have met the standards, (2) how standards apply differently at the program and project levels, (3) how standards are interrelated to work in a synchronized way, and (4) how standards should be applied across the life cycle of a program or project. (Recommendation 1)
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OMB did not state if they agreed or disagreed with this recommendation. We have requested recommendation update information from OMB in August and September 2020, March 2021, and January 2022 but have not yet received a response.

Deputy Director for Management The Deputy Director for Management of OMB, in conjunction with the PMPC, should create a governance structure to further develop and maintain program and project management standards that fully aligns with key practices for governance structures. (Recommendation 2)
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OMB did not state if they agreed or disagreed with this recommendation. We have requested recommendation update information from OMB in August and September 2020, March 2021, and January 2022 but have not yet received a response.

Deputy Director for Management The Deputy Director for Management of OMB should, when expanding PMIAA to additional program types, design pilot efforts to follow leading practices so that OMB can optimize its efforts to improve and broaden portfolio reviews across a full range of program types. (Recommendation 3)
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OMB did not state if they agreed or disagreed with this recommendation. We have requested recommendation update information from OMB in August and September 2020, March 2021, and January 2022 and have not yet received a response.

Deputy Director for Management The Deputy Director for Management of OMB should communicate program areas and timeframes, and expectations pertinent to annual program portfolio reviews, to be reviewed in future program portfolio reviews. (Recommendation 4)
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OMB did not state if they agreed or disagreed with this recommendation. We have requested recommendation update information from OMB in August and September 2020, March 2021, and January 2022 and have not yet received a response.

Deputy Director for Management
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The Deputy Director for Management of OMB should clarify for agencies how the different definitions of a "program" relate to each other in OMB guidance. (Recommendation 5)
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OMB did not state if they agreed or disagreed with this recommendation. We have requested recommendation update information from OMB in August and September 2020, March 2021, and January 2022, and have not yet received a response. In June 2021 we added this recommendation as a priority in our OMB priority recommendation letter. The letter states: We recommended that OMB clarify for agencies how different definitions of a "program" relate to each other in OMB guidance. Clarifying the definitions could help agencies and OMB increase transparency and identify synergies across related laws, such

Deputy Director for Management
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The Deputy Director for Management of OMB should convene trilateral meetings between OMB, relevant agencies, and us for addressing all high-risk areas during each two-year high-risk cycle (Recommendation 6).
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OMB did not state if they agreed or disagreed with this recommendation. We requested recommendation update information from OMB in August and September 2020, March 2021, and January 2022 and have not yet received a response. In June 2021 we added this recommendation as a priority in our OMB priority recommendation letter. The letter states: OMB should convene trilateral meetings between OMB, relevant agencies, and us for addressing all areas on our High Risk List during each two-year high-risk cycle. Doing so would better position OMB to enhance the leadership commitment needed to make greater

Deputy Director for Management The Deputy Director for Management of OMB, in conjunction with PMPC, should ensure PMPC meeting agendas include time for discussing high-risk areas during meetings and provide time for the PMPC to make recommendations to OMB about addressing high-risk areas. (Recommendation 7)
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OMB did not state if they agreed or disagreed with this recommendation. We have requested recommendation update information from OMB in August and September 2020, March 2021, and January 2022 and have not yet received a response.

Deputy Director for Management The Deputy Director for Management of OMB, in conjunction with PMPC, should establish measures to assess outcomes of PMIAA, such as establishing a baseline of information on programs or collecting trend data. (Recommendation 8)
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OMB did not state if they agreed or disagreed with this recommendation. We have requested recommendation update information from OMB in August and September 2020, March 2021 and January 2022, and have not yet received a response.

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