Chapter 3  

Regulations and Legislation:The Emerging Context forFederal Project Management

The Lord’s Prayer is 66 words, the Gettysburg Address is 286 words, there are 1,322 words in the Declaration of Independence, but government regulations on the sale of cabbage total 26,911 words.


Since the 1970s, the federal government has adopted laws and regulations aimed at improving the accountability, efficiency, and effectiveness of government operations. From presidential orders on management paradigms to long-standing legislative cornerstones, these laws and regulations provide a framework for project and program management.

As projects and programs have grown increasingly large and complex, the Office of Management and Budget ...

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