Congressman Mick Mulvaney Named OMB Director

Washington, DC - February 16, 2017 - Today, Mick Mulvaney, the Republican Congressman who was representing South Carolina's 5th District, was named Director of the Office of Management and Budget.  This is noteworthy because the Trump Administration, through its Office of Management & Budget (OMB), has responsibility for implementing the newly-enacted PMIAA legislation throughout the Executive Branch of the Federal Government.

Back on December 14, 2016, President Barack Obama signed S.1550, the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act of 2015 (PMIAA), into law.  That legislation, initiated by Republican Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa and co-sponsored by Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) and  Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-Pennsylvania), was approved by both chambers of Congress with overwhelming bi-partisan support. 

This law (PMIAA) reforms federal program management policy in four important ways:

  1. Creating a formal job series and career path for program managers in the federal government.
  2. Developing a standards-based program management policy across the federal government.
  3. Recognizing the essential role of executive sponsorship and engagement by designating a senior executive in each federal agency to be the Program Management Improvement Officer (PMIO) who will be responsible for program management policy and strategy.
  4. Sharing knowledge of successful approaches to program management through an interagency council on program management.

    Within one year of this new bill's enactment (December 14th of 2016), the yet-to-be-announced,, new Deputy Director for Management of OMB is required to issue the standards, policies, and guidelines required under section 503(c) of Title 31, of the United States Code and establish and submit a report outlining the initial "Five Year Strategic Plan" for transforming all federal agencies through the end of 2022 (except Defense, which is exempt from the provisions of this legislation since they are substantially similar to or duplicative of the pre-existing provisions of Chapter 87 of Title 10).

    Ruggles^2 is both pleased and impressed with these reforms as provided in the PMIAA because of our role as a regular subcontracted-provider of Project, Program, and Portfolio Management training, consulting, and mentoring support services to Executive Branch federal government agencies including the Department of Homeland Security, the Army, Army Corps of Engineers, Navy, Marine Corps, Internal Revenue Service, Social Security Administration, USDA, Department of Transportation, and the Food & Drug Administration, to name just a few.  

    These service offerings have been the result of our long-term, strategic partnership with the R.G. Freeman Group based in Sharon, MA:

    in collaboration with the Graduate School-USA based in Washington, DC:

    and ProTech Training based in Pittsburgh, PA and Toronto, ON:

    We are now updating all of our materials to accommodate these reforms and incorporate them into our training, consulting, and mentoring support services. We will be fully prepared when the Deputy Director for Management of OMB is obligated to issue the standards, policies, and guidelines required under section 503(c) of Title 31, of the United States Code, no later than December 14, 2017.

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