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[114th Congress Public Law 264]
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Public Law 114-264
114th Congress

                                 An Act


 
To amend title 31, United States Code, to establish entities tasked with 
 improving program and project management in certain Federal agencies, 
      and for other purposes. <<NOTE: Dec. 14, 2016 -  [S. 1550]>> 

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: Program 
Management Improvement Accountability Act.>> 
SECTION 1. <<NOTE: 31 USC 501 note.>> SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Program Management Improvement 
Accountability Act''.
SEC. 2. PROJECT MANAGEMENT.

    (a) Deputy Director for Management.--
            (1) Additional functions.--Section 503 of title 31, United 
        States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

    ``(c) Program and Project Management.--
            ``(1) Requirement.--Subject to the direction and approval of 
        the Director, the Deputy Director for Management or a designee 
        shall--
                    ``(A) adopt governmentwide 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;
                    ``(F) conduct portfolio reviews to address programs 
                identified as high risk by the Government Accountability 
                Office;
                    ``(G) not less than annually, conduct portfolio 
                reviews of agency programs in coordination with Project 
                Management Improvement Officers designated under section 
                1126(a)(1) to assess the quality and effectiveness of 
                program management; and
                    ``(H) establish a 5-year strategic plan for program 
                and project management.
            ``(2) Application to department of defense.--Paragraph (1) 
        shall not apply to the Department of Defense to the extent

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        that the provisions of that paragraph are substantially similar 
        to or duplicative of--
                    ``(A) the provisions of chapter 87 of title 10; or
                    ``(B) policy, guidance, or instruction of the 
                Department related to program management.''.
            (2) <<NOTE: 31 USC 503 note.>> Deadline for standards, 
        policies, and guidelines.--Not later than 1 year after the date 
        of enactment of this Act, the Deputy Director for Management of 
        the Office of Management and Budget shall issue the standards, 
        policies, and guidelines required under section 503(c) of title 
        31, United States Code, as added by paragraph (1).
            (3) <<NOTE: Deadline. Consultation. 31 USC 503 
        note.>> Regulations.--Not later than 90 days after the date on 
        which the standards, policies, and guidelines are issued under 
        paragraph (2), the Deputy Director for Management of the Office 
        of Management and Budget, in consultation with the Program 
        Management Policy Council established under section 1126(b) of 
        title 31, United States Code, as added by subsection (b)(1), and 
        the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, shall issue 
        any regulations as are necessary to implement the requirements 
        of section 503(c) of title 31, United States Code, as added by 
        paragraph (1).

    (b) Program Management Improvement Officers and Program Management 
Policy Council.--
            (1) Amendment.--Chapter 11 of title 31, United States Code, 
        is amended by adding at the end the following:
``Sec. 1126. <<NOTE: 31 USC 1126.>> Program management improvement 
                  officers and program management policy council

    ``(a) Program Management Improvement Officers.--
            ``(1) Designation.--The head of each agency described in 
        section 901(b) shall designate a senior executive of the agency 
        as the Program Management Improvement Officer of the agency.
            ``(2) Functions.--The Program Management Improvement Officer 
        of an agency designated under paragraph (1) shall--
                    ``(A) implement program management policies 
                established by the agency under section 503(c); and
                    ``(B) develop a strategy for enhancing the role of 
                program managers within the agency that includes the 
                following:
                          ``(i) Enhanced training and educational 
                      opportunities for program managers that shall 
                      include--
                                    ``(I) training in the relevant 
                                competencies encompassed with program 
                                and project manager within the private 
                                sector for program managers; and
                                    ``(II) training that emphasizes cost 
                                containment for large projects and 
                                programs.
                          ``(ii) Mentoring of current and future program 
                      managers by experienced senior executives and 
                      program managers within the agency.
                          ``(iii) Improved career paths and career 
                      opportunities for program managers.
                          ``(iv) A plan to encourage the recruitment and 
                      retention of highly qualified individuals to serve 
                      as program managers.

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                          ``(v) Improved means of collecting and 
                      disseminating best practices and lessons learned 
                      to enhance program management across the agency.
                          ``(vi) Common templates and tools to support 
                      improved data gathering and analysis for program 
                      management and oversight purposes.
            ``(3) Application to department of defense.--This subsection 
        shall not apply to the Department of Defense to the extent that 
        the provisions of this subsection are substantially similar to 
        or duplicative of the provisions of chapter 87 of title 10. For 
        purposes of paragraph (1), the Under Secretary of Defense for 
        Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (or a designee of the 
        Under Secretary) shall be considered the Program Management 
        Improvement Officer.

    ``(b) Program Management Policy Council.--
            ``(1) Establishment.--There is established in the Office of 
        Management and Budget a council to be known as the `Program 
        Management Policy Council' (in this subsection referred to as 
        the `Council').
            ``(2) Purpose and functions.--The Council shall act as the 
        principal interagency forum for improving agency practices 
        related to program and project management. The Council shall--
                    ``(A) advise and assist the Deputy Director for 
                Management of the Office of Management and Budget;
                    ``(B) <<NOTE: Review.>> review programs identified 
                as high risk by the General Accountability Office and 
                make recommendations for actions to be taken by the 
                Deputy Director for Management of the Office of 
                Management and Budget or a designee;
                    ``(C) discuss topics of importance to the workforce, 
                including--
                          ``(i) career development and workforce 
                      development needs;
                          ``(ii) policy to support continuous 
                      improvement in program and project management; and
                          ``(iii) major challenges across agencies in 
                      managing programs;
                    ``(D) advise on the development and applicability of 
                standards governmentwide for program management 
                transparency; and
                    ``(E) <<NOTE: Review.>> review the information 
                published on the website of the Office of Management and 
                Budget pursuant to section 1122.
            ``(3) Membership.--
                    ``(A) Composition.--The Council shall be composed of 
                the following members:
                          ``(i) Five members from the Office of 
                      Management and Budget as follows:
                                    ``(I) The Deputy Director for 
                                Management.
                                    ``(II) The Administrator of the 
                                Office of Electronic Government.
                                    ``(III) The Administrator of Federal 
                                Procurement Policy.
                                    ``(IV) The Controller of the Office 
                                of Federal Financial Management.

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                                    ``(V) The Director of the Office of 
                                Performance and Personnel Management.
                          ``(ii) The Program Management Improvement 
                      Officer from each agency described in section 
                      901(b).
                          ``(iii) Any other full-time or permanent part-
                      time officer or employee of the Federal Government 
                      or member of the Armed Forces designated by the 
                      Chairperson.
                    ``(B) Chairperson and vice chairperson.--
                          ``(i) In general.--The Deputy Director for 
                      Management of the Office of Management and Budget 
                      shall be the Chairperson of the Council. A Vice 
                      Chairperson shall be elected by the members and 
                      shall serve a term of not more than 1 year.
                          ``(ii) Duties.--The Chairperson shall preside 
                      at the meetings of the Council, determine the 
                      agenda of the Council, direct the work of the 
                      Council, and establish and direct subgroups of the 
                      Council as appropriate.
            ``(4) Meetings.--The Council shall meet not less than twice 
        per fiscal year and may meet at the call of the Chairperson or a 
        majority of the members of the Council.
            ``(5) Support.--The head of each agency with a Project 
        Management Improvement Officer serving on the Council shall 
        provide administrative support to the Council, as appropriate, 
        at the request of the Chairperson.''.
            (2) <<NOTE: Consultation.>> Report required.--Not later than 
        1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Director of 
        the Office of Management and Budget, in consultation with each 
        Program Management Improvement Officer designated under section 
        1126(a)(1) of title 31, United States Code, shall submit to 
        Congress a report containing the strategy developed under 
        section 1126(a)(2)(B) of such title, as added by paragraph (1).

    (c) <<NOTE: 31 USC 503 note.>> Program and Project Management 
Personnel Standards.--
            (1) Definition.--In this subsection, the term ``agency'' 
        means each agency described in section 901(b) of title 31, 
        United States Code, other than the Department of Defense.
            (2) <<NOTE: Deadline. Consultation.>> Regulations 
        required.--Not later than 180 days after the date on which the 
        standards, policies, and guidelines are issued under section 
        503(c) of title 31, United States Code, as added by subsection 
        (a)(1), the Director of the Office of Personnel Management, in 
        consultation with the Director of the Office of Management and 
        Budget, shall issue regulations that--
                    (A) identify key skills and competencies needed for 
                a program and project manager in an agency;
                    (B) establish a new job series, or update and 
                improve an existing job series, for program and project 
                management within an agency; and
                    (C) establish a new career path for program and 
                project managers within an agency.

    (d) Gao Report on Effectiveness of Policies on Program and Project 
Management.--Not later than 3 years after the date of enactment of this 
Act, the Government Accountability Office shall issue, in conjunction 
with the High Risk list of the Government Accountability Office, a 
report examining the effectiveness of the following on improving Federal 
program and project management:

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            (1) The standards, policies, and guidelines for program and 
        project management issued under section 503(c) of title 31, 
        United States Code, as added by subsection (a)(1).
            (2) The 5-year strategic plan established under section 
        503(c)(1)(H) of title 31, United States Code, as added by 
        subsection (a)(1).
            (3) Program Management Improvement Officers designated under 
        section 1126(a)(1) of title 31, United States Code, as added by 
        subsection (b)(1).
            (4) The Program Management Policy Council established under 
        section 1126(b)(1) of title 31, United States Code, as added by 
        subsection (b)(1).

    Approved December 14, 2016.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--S. 1550:
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HOUSE REPORTS: No. 114-637 (Comm. on Oversight and Government Reform).
SENATE REPORTS: No. 114-162 (Comm. on Homeland Security and Governmental 
Affairs).
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD:
                                                        Vol. 161 (2015):
                                    Nov. 19, considered and passed 
                                        Senate.
                                                        Vol. 162 (2016):
                                    Sept. 20, 22, considered and passed 
                                        House, amended.
                                    Nov. 30, Senate concurred in House 
                                        amendment.

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