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How Long Will This Project Really Take? GAO Issues Final Version of Its Schedule Assessment Guide

Second Volume in Series to Help Manage Government Projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 22, 2015) – The U.S. Government Accountability Office today issued a final version of a manual to help federal, state, and local government agencies develop more reliable schedule assessments for government projects of all sizes. The Schedule Assessment Guide: Best Practices for Project Schedules (GAO-16-89G), available on-line, applies to civilian and defense projects managed by either government entities or private contractors.

"A well-planned schedule is an essential tool for program management," said Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the GAO. "The best practices described in the guide are intended to help agencies create and maintain schedules that are comprehensive, well-constructed, credible, and controlled."

Drawing on scheduling concepts introduced in GAO’s March 2009 Cost Estimating and Assessment Guide (GAO-09-3SP) and the draft Schedule Assessment Guide released for comment on May 30, 2012 (GAO-12-120G), the final version of the Schedule Assessment Guide presents 10 best practices for developing and maintaining a reliable, high-quality schedule. As a companion to the Cost Estimating Guide and the forthcoming Technology Readiness Assessment Guide , the final version of the GAO Schedule Assessment Guide is designed to assist not only GAO auditors in evaluating the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of government programs, but also all government agencies in developing, managing, and evaluating capital programs. The draft guide was available for comment for a full year and GAO addressed over 1,000 comments resulting in the final version being released today that includes new appendixes and case studies.

 "Over the last 5 years, GAO has worked with experts in cost estimating, scheduling, and earned value management from government agencies, private industry, and academia to develop and formalize scheduling best practices" said Timothy Persons, Chief Scientist at the GAO. "Using these criteria, managers and auditors will be able to assess the reliability of planned dates for projects."

Developed with help from industry experts as well as federal officials, the 224-page final Schedule Assessment Guide lays out a multi-step process for developing high-quality, trustworthy schedules; explains how to manage schedules once they have been developed; and presents 19 case studies drawn from GAO’s published audits that illustrate typical pitfalls and successes in scheduling and schedule risk analysis. The guide stresses sound scheduling practices, such as setting realistic program baselines and managing risk. GAO plans to use the Schedule Assessment Guide to assess the accuracy and realism of agencies’ schedules in its future audits.

For questions contact Chuck Young, Managing Director of Public Affairs, at 202-512-4800.

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How Long Will This Project Really Take? GAO Issues Final Version of Its Schedule Assessment Guide
http://www.gao.gov/press/schedule_assessment_guide_2015.htm

Dec 22, 2015
Second Volume in Series to Help Manage Government Projects WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 22, 2015) – The U.S. Government Accountability Office today issued a final version of a manual to help federal, state, and local government agencies develop more reliable schedule assessments for government projects of all sizes. The Schedule Assessment Guide: Best Practices for Project Schedules (GAO-16-89G), available on-line,...
GAO Makes MACPAC Appointments, Designates Chair
http://www.gao.gov/press/macpac_appointments_2016.html

Dec 16, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC (December 16, 2015) – Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), today announced the appointment of seven new members to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC).  He also named the Commission’s Chair. “The seven men and women designated to serve on the Commission bring a wealth of knowledge an...
GAO Again Named a "Best Place to Work" in Government
http://www.gao.gov/press/best_places_2015.htm

Dec 8, 2015
Washington, D.C. (December 8, 2015) – The Partnership for Public Service today announced that the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has again been named one of the top places to work in the federal government. GAO ranked third in the Partnership’s 2015 list of the “Best Places to Work” among mid-size agencies. Also this year, the congressional watchdog agency was again first in its support of divers...
GAO Makes Appointments to New HHS Advisory Committee on Physician Payment Models
http://www.gao.gov/press/appointments_hhs_advisory_committee_physician_payment_methods.htm

Oct 9, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC (October 9, 2015) - Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), today announced the first appointments to the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 established this committee to provide comments and recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Huma...
GAO Opens New Center to Help Local, State, and International Auditing Groups Hold Governments Accountable
http://www.gao.gov/press/pr_gao_opens_center_to_help_groups_hold_government_accountable.htm

Oct 1, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC (October 1, 2015) - The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) today launched its Center for Audit Excellence, which will provide customized training, technical assistance, and other products and services to domestic and international audit organizations. The goal is to foster effective accountability organizations that can help improve government performance and transparency, in addition to ensur...
GAO Issues New Tool Designed to Help Federal Agencies Combat Fraud
http://www.gao.gov/press/pr_tool_helps_agencies_fight_fraud_jul_28_2015.htm

Jul 28, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC (July 28, 2015) - To help federal program managers combat fraud and ensure integrity in government agencies and programs, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released A Framework for Managing Fraud Risks in Federal Programs. Effective fraud risk management can help ensure that federal programs and services fulfill their intended purposes, funds are spent effectively, and assets a...
GAO Makes MedPAC Appointments, Designates Chair
http://www.gao.gov/press/medpac_appointments2015may.htm

May 21, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC (May 21, 2015) – Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), today announced the appointment of a new member to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), as well as the reappointment of five current members and the designation of the Commission’s Chair. “When it comes to the future of Medicare, MedPAC serves a ve...
GAO Makes New Appointments to the PCORI Methodology Committee and Health IT Policy Committee
http://www.gao.gov/press/appointments_hcac_2015may.htm

May 4, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC (May 4, 2015) - Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), today announced the appointment of new members to two health care entities — the Methodology Committee of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy Committee. PCORI Methodology Committee The Met...
U.S. Government's 2014 Financial Report Underscores Continuing Financial Management and Fiscal Challenges
http://www.gao.gov/press/us_2014_financial_report.htm

Feb 26, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 26, 2015) — The federal government’s serious material internal control weaknesses, along with significant uncertainties, and other limitations continued to prevent the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) from  rendering an opinion on the  federal government’s consolidated financial statements. As in past years, three main obstacles prevented GAO from rendering an opi...
GAO Adds IT Acquisitions and Operations and VA Health Care to Latest High Risk List
http://www.gao.gov/press/latest_high_risk_list.htm

Feb 11, 2015
Progress Seen in Many Areas; New Area Ratings Introduced WASHINGTON, DC (February 11, 2015)– The Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released its biennial High Risk List and announced the addition of two new areas: "IT Acquisitions and Operations" and "Veterans Affairs Health Care." “Too frequently, federal IT investments fail to be completed or incur cost overruns and schedule slippages while contri...
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