Project Management Framework

Project performance and success can be significantly improved by applying project management knowledge, processes, skills, tools, and techniques. This is increasingly accepted across all industries. This integrated Project Management Framework (PM Framework) is intended to add value to the organization by outlining a body of knowledge, processes, skills, tools, and techniques that, when used, will improve the Bureau of Reclamation’s (Reclamation) performance in conducting its work.

The PM Framework integrates existing Governmentwide and U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) project management requirements and clarifies project management practices for those projects for which no specific mandates already apply. The PM Framework also establishes metrics that will enable Reclamation to measure how well it is administratively instituting project management and how well this practice is improving the agency’s actual performance in accomplishing its workload.

While Reclamation is efficient in accomplishing projects, it can improve the way it manages its workload. Some portions of the organization are very successful in managing projects to reach completion on time and within budget and can provide “best practices” for other portions to overcome challenges.

To maximize the success of projects throughout the organization, Reclamation is committed to implementing effective project management at all levels and for all types of project work, including construction projects, Information Technology (IT) projects, and other projects. In certain cases, project management processes are already mandated by DOI or higher level governmental policy. This document does not supersede any of the mandated processes; rather, it provides guidance for, and specifically focuses on, providing scalable requirements for situations in which Reclamation retains discretion on the level and type of project management requirements.

The principles laid out in this PM Framework can be used for almost any kind of activity, including environmental efforts, water contracting or marketing actions, planning studies, or even short-term assignments dealing with specific resource management issues.



Last Updated: 4/4/18