House bill aims to improve how federal programs are managed

Lawmakers introduced legislation Friday that would force the Obama administration to better manage federal projects and programs.

The Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act sponsored by Government Efficiency Caucus Co-chairmen Reps. Todd YoungTodd Christopher YoungBipartisan group introduces retirement savings legislation in Senate GOP senators introduce bill to prevent family separations at border The Hill's Morning Report — Trump: `A very great moment in the history of the world’ MORE (R-Ind.) and Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyTrump EPA eases standards for coal ash disposal Overnight Energy: Fewer than half of school districts test for lead | Dems slam proposed changes to Endangered Species Act | FEMA avoids climate change when discussing plan for future storms Overnight Energy: EPA watchdog won’t drop Pruitt probes | Exxon leaves conservative advocacy group | Lawmakers offer changes to Endangered Species Act MORE (D-Va.) would direct the deputy director for management at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to adopt government-wide standards, policies and guidelines for managing agency projects and programs.

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“From over-budget acquisition projects to programs running beyond projected timelines, cost overruns can typically be boiled down to poor management practices,” Young said in a news release. “This legislation would streamline processes across the federal government, allowing taxpayers to see huge savings simply through more efficient operation.”

The bill would designate a program management improvement officer within each individual agency to implement the management policies and develop internal agency strategies to influence training and education, incentive recruitment of project managers and encourage others to use best practices.