The PMIWDC Washington Circle Luncheon: PMIAA Impacts on Federal Acquisition

Program Management Improvement & Accountability Act (PMIAA) Impacts on Federal Acquisition


John Driessnack

& Hosted By

The GW Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) Program

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Hosted by the GW Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) program, the PMIWDC Washington Circle Luncheon is a series of free brown-bag luncheons featuring industry experts in project management. The event is free, however pre-registration is preferred.

John Driessnack will discuss the potential impacts the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act (PMIAA) law passed in Dec 2016 will have on the federal acquisition process. He will do this through the lens of his two PMI White Papers, “Using PMI Standards Framework to improve US Federal Government Capital Investment Outcomes” (2015), and “Update OMB Circular A-11 and Capital Programming Guide” (to be published in early 2017). The second white paper addresses specific recommendations for the new administration to implement PMIAA. The audience will be encouraged to note what they are observing within federal agencies.

Special Instructions

  • Closest Metro stop: Foggy Bottom
  • Garage Parking at Marvin Center (H & 21st St, NW): $18.00
  • Metered Parking is Available
  • Photo ID is Required
  • Use 22nd Street Entrance

  • PDUs Available: 1 PDU for Certified PMs
  • Talent Triangle Category: Strategic and Business Management

About the Speaker

John Driessnack is a nationally known expert in Systems and Portfolio/Program management in the Federal/DoD/Intel acquisition environment. Background includes Global Broadcast System (GBS) Program Manager, other experiences as a military officer on major ACAT1D Aircraft, IT and Intel program(s), Managing Director of senior industry consulting groups, researcher in the economics of portfolio/program controls and industry structures, and instructor along with curriculum/program development and administration experience at several universities and companies. John has worked with Intel Community, Federal Agencies including FAA, NASA, FRTIB, DHS, SBA, as well with numerous DoD services/agencies.

He has been certified as a DoD Level III Program Manager, Financial Managers, and Acquisition Logistician, as well as Industry Cost Estimator and Project Management Professional certifications. He most recently earned the PMI Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP) certificate. He holds BS in Industrial Engineering, MS in Economics, and advanced academic work in New Institutional Economics which he has published several journal articles.

He is also published in defense acquisition journals, the PMI/INCOSE/MIT guide for Lean Enablers for Systems Engineering, a noted contributor on the GAO best practice guides for cost and schedule, and has authored parts of NDIA’s Earned Value guides. He currently owns his own consulting firm, Olde Stone Consulting, runs a 40-acre orchard, Olde Stone Orchard, and is an American University Professorial Lecturer and intermittent DAU Professor at Defense Systems Management College.

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May 18th: Join us for the discussion… The MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington, DC & Baltimore’s First Panel discussion of 2017, Exploring A New Paradigm In Cyber Security, presented by Frank Sauer.

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Event Schedule

  • 5:30 – 6:15 Networking and registration
  • 6:15 – 7:15 Frank Sauer +Q&A
  • 7:30-8:15 Pannel Discussion+Q&A
  • 8:30 Post Event Networking

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African Study Abroad & Internship Fair

Are you interested in studying and/or working in an African country?

Join us for our African Study Abroad and Internship Fair on April 13th to learn about how to prepare for your African adventure. Representatives from the Office for Study Abroad, AIESEC, Boren Award/Scholarship Program, and Mama Hope will be provide information on scholarship/grant opportunities, specific programs, and past experiences.

Take advantage of this amazing opportunity to learn more about the options available to you at GW.

No registration is necessary. We hope to see you there!


International Organizations & Political Risk

The Department of International Business would like to invite you to a research seminar on Friday, April 14th, 2017:

“International Organizations and Political Risk – The Case of Multilateral
Development Banks in Infrastructure Projects”

Presented by:

Srividya Jandhyala, Associate Professor of Management
Essec Business School


International Business Department Research Seminar

The Department of International Business would like to invite you to a research seminar on Friday, March 31st, 2017:

“Deeply Buried Gold Cannot Shine: Signaling to Overcome the Liability of Emergingness on Exports”

Presented by:

Stephanie Wang, Assistant Professor of International Business and Strategy
Kelley School of Business, Indiana University

Master of Accountancy Speaker Series

The GWSB Chair of the Accountancy Department, Robin Tarpley, MAccy Faculty Director, Susan Kulp, and the MAccy program are excited to host a MAccy Speaker Series on March 30th where the topics of discussion will include CPA preparation, requirements, and guidelines and career paths in Accounting.

The MAccy program is happy to announce representatives from Becker Professional Education Services, The Virginia Board of Accountancy and The Washington DC Board of Accountancy will be in attendance to discuss the ins and outs of the CPA exam: preparation, requirements, and guidelines.

We have also invited international and domestic alumni to speak about their career paths and the do’s and don’ts to obtaining the perfect position.

Finally, we want you to be mindful of the different career paths in accounting as we invite representatives in the industry who will discuss the underrepresented, uncovered, and unconventional careers in accounting.

Driving Sustainable Growth: Capital Market Development in Brazil

Join the Brazil Initiative for this groundbreaking seminar that explores the role of private investment in Brazil’s future development. The seminar includes two panel discussions, moderated by Stephen Taber of Brazil Value Advisors and Dr. Mark Langevin of the Brazil Initiative, to explore the evolution of capital markets in Brazil and possible reform alternatives to sustain growth. Attendees are invited to a reception following the event to speak with panelists and network with Elliot School students and faculty, researchers, and investors.

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Panel 1

The Challenges & Opportunities of Brazil’s Capital Markets
Dr. Paulo Vieira da Cunha, Gregory Harrington and Dr. Rogerio Studart

2:00 pm to 3:35 pm

Panel 2

Alternatives for Reform: Making Capital Markets the Motor of Growth & Development
Ricardo Simoes Russo, Dr. Monica de Bolle & Evaldo Morata

4:00 pm to 5:45 pm

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The Do’s and Don’ts of MBA Admissions

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The George Washington University School of Business and Kaplan Test Prep invite you to learn more about test preparation and MBA admission tips.

This exclusive free event will offer a closer look at our MBA programs, and provide applicants with GMAT prep information, interactive seminars, and the opportunity to speak with an admissions representative.

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Inclusive Partnerships to Achieve Sustainable Development

The Global CEO Alliance, in partnership with the George Washington University School of Business is organizing a side-event to support the U.S. Department of State (Office of Global Partnerships), the U.S. Global Development Lab at the U.S. Agency for International Development, Concordia, and PeaceTech Lab for Global Partnership Week (GPW) 2017, scheduled on 6-12 March 2017. The side-event will complement the main Forum on the role of public-private partnerships (P3s) in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals.

GPW 2017 features self-organized events around the world, from large-scale conferences and panels to intimate networking gatherings or webinars that will serve to illuminate existing collaborations, as well as potential partnership opportunities. This session will support the overarching goal of the Global Partnership Week 2017 as organized and led by the US Department of State.

Various researches validate that Innovative partnerships provide more jobs, improve basic services such as health, fast track infrastructure, improve quality education and enhance a clean and transparent government, among others. Whether in conflict, poverty or stable environment, governments working in partnership with development players stand a much better chance of developing and executing sound development strategies. Now more than ever a single actor cannot do it alone and inclusive partnership is presented more than just a partnership modality but about genuine relationship.

The event will have two sessions and an audience Q&A.

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Session 1: Global and Regional Perspectives on PPP

The first session is on Global and Regional perspective on PPP leading to 2030 Agenda. It will present a number of high-level panelists who will engage in a dialogue with the audience on the ‘hows’ and ‘whats’ of PPP and why PPP actors must have a clear indication of what they actually want in partnership to benefit the larger community it purports to serve. The session will amplify all fundamentals of PPP as well as the complementing factors that directly contribute to leadership, knowledge acquisition and transfer, and capacity building for sustainable development and investment opportunities.

Finding solutions via public private partnerships requires the private sector, multi-laterals, industry associations, governments and civil society groups to work together to achieve net positive impacts. Faced with entrenched, complex challenges and legacy issues, PPPs are an important example of collective efforts required to address disruptions facing modern societies. While each stakeholder has much to offer and much to gain, each faces unique challenges in identifying and collaborating on sustainable solutions. This panel explores how thought leadership and cohesive effort have positively impacted PPPs and how PPPs can address critical SDG challenges going forward. The discussion will cover key areas of policy design and coordination, essence of political stability, concrete legal framework, accountability, strengths and limitations of PPP modality, among others.

Session 2: Inclusive Partnership and the 2030 Agenda

The second session is on Inclusive Partnerships where panelists will discuss and think through the Innovative Partnering Cycle – how to set up, build trust, understand the needs of different partners and stakeholders, agreement, manage and implement, and lastly assess/evaluate the partnership within the environment that call for urgency and immediate response to critical development areas of the 2030 Agenda. The session will cover the larger inclusive scope of partnership and how it will gravitate towards the implementation of SDG 17. It will cover pivotal contribution of multi-stakeholders in the promotion and implementation of joint collaboration and inclusive partnerships towards Sustainable Development. The session will be participated in by senior executives from private sector George Washington University, Network of Cities, among others. Couple of presentations highlighting the contribution of private sector and other development actors in innovation and in support to the 2030 Agenda will also be included.

Program & Speakers

Opening and Welcoming Remarks

  • Dr. Linda Livingstone, Dean, George Washington University School of Business
  • Mr. James Thompson, Director for Innovation, US Department of State Mr. James M. Donovan, Chairman, Global CEO Alliance


  • Ms. Kim Osborne, Executive Secretary, Organization of American States (OAS)
  • Mr. Ciyong Zou, Director of Partnership and Results Monitoring Department, UNIDO Ms. Mary D. Kane, President, SisterCities International
  • Mr. Raj Kumar, President, Devex

Session 1: Global and Regional Perspectives on PPP


  • Mr. Richard Crespin, CEO, CollaborateUp


  • Mr. Art Smith, Chairman, National Council for Public Private Partnerships
  • Mr. Clive Harris, Director, World Bank
  • Mr. David Bloomgarden, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Mr. James Donovan, Chairman, Global CEO Alliance
  • Dr. Eduard Muller, President, University of International Cooperation
  • Mr. Charles North, Acting Assistant Administrator, USAID
  • Mr. Ciyong Zou, Director of Partnership and Results Monitoring Department, UNIDO Mr. David Baxter – Senior Expert on PPP, UNECE Working Group Member

Session 2: Inclusive Partnership and the 2030 Agenda


  • Dr. Jennifer J. Griffin, Strategic Management & Public Policy and Director, GW Institute for Corporate Responsibility


  • Ms. Mary D. Kane, CEO/President, SisterCities International
  • Ms. Michelle Bongiovanni, CEO, HealRWorld
  • Dr. Ivan Shumkov, CEO, BuildAcademy
  • Mr. Raj Kumar, President, Devex
  • Mr. William Plummer, VP for External Affairs, Huawei Technologies (North America) Mr. Adam Khorakiwala, CEO, mGuru
  • Ms. Lucy Mungai, Major Groups and Stakeholders Branch (MGSB), UNEP Mr. Tim McCoy, VP, World Cocoa Foundation

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