CIA program is aimed at project management

BALTIMORE'The CIA is midway through a process to set up an in-house certification program for project managers to improve the success rate for its hundreds of projects.

'Our public image involves spying, but we do projects,' said Michael O'Brochta, the CIA's senior project manager, at an international conference earlier this month. 'We have thousands of project managers in the CIA. I can't say how many.'

By next spring, the agency's certification program is expected to be in place, he said.

Until last month, O'Brochta was the only project manager at the CIA to have a Project Management Professional certification from the not-for-profit Project Management Institute.

PMPs must meet stiff educational and on-the-job requirements and pass a rigorous examination.

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