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Program Manager Assessments: Professionalism Personified

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Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Washington United States

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A few months ago, I decided to ask all of our Acquisition Category I and Major Automated Information System MAISprogram managers PMs to provide me with a one- to three-page assessment of the state of their programs. At the time, this was an experiment. From the feedback I received, most PMs were delighted to have this opportunity. I have incorporated these assessments into Better Buying Power BBP 3.0 as an activity that will continue on an annual basis. The assessments are intended to strengthen the role of the acquisition chain of command. The assessments are simultaneously sent to me, the Service or Component acquisition executive, and the program executive officer. It was, however, an experiment that seemed to make a lot of people nervous. Some of the nervousness stemmed from concerns that I was putting the PMs in an awkward position, where they might fear that being too honest with me could jeopardize their programor get them into trouble with a senior stakeholder in the Service or on the Office of the Secretary of Defense OSD staff.

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