DOT seeks advice on setting up program management office

The Transportation Department is soliciting advice on setting up an office to oversee and manage new IT programs.

DOT's new enterprise Program Management Office will be responsible for ensuring that new IT initiatives within the department comply with Office of Management and Budget Form 300 accounting regulations, said CIO Dan Matthews. Form 300 refers to budget submissions for new projects that agencies must file with OMB.

Matthews said the new office stems from the 1996 Clinger-Cohen Act, which requires agency CIOs to be responsible for ensuring that IT investments are cost-efficient and effective. 'This office would work with new programs to ensure best practices,' according to Matthews.

In a series of recent sources-sought notices, the agency said it is seeking industry advice and feedback on how to set up the PMO.

Specifically, respondents should address what the PMO's mission and objectives should be, as well as define project management and required tools for achieving those goals.

Additionally, DOT wants advice on setting up a Project Management Training Program that will help define and establish a curriculum based on particular agency IT project managers' needs.

Matthews said he initially hoped to have the PMO up and running by the end of fiscal 2006, but that will likely be delayed because of congressional budget issues.


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