• Program Manager

    Work Role ID: OV-PMA-001
    Leads, coordinates, communicates, integrates, and is accountable for the overall success of the program, ensuring alignment with agency or enterprise priorities.
    Category: Oversee and Govern
    Specialty Area: Program/Project Management and Acquisition

Abilities

  • A0009: Ability to apply supply chain risk management standards.
  • A0039: Ability to oversee the development and update of the life cycle cost estimate.
  • A0045: Ability to evaluate/ensure the trustworthiness of the supplier and/or product.
  • A0056: Ability to ensure security practices are followed throughout the acquisition process.

Knowledge

  • K0001: Knowledge of computer networking concepts and protocols, and network security methodologies. 
  • K0002: Knowledge of risk management processes (e.g., methods for assessing and mitigating risk). 
  • K0003: Knowledge of laws, regulations, policies, and ethics as they relate to cybersecurity and privacy. 
  • K0004: Knowledge of cybersecurity and privacy principles. 
  • K0005: Knowledge of cyber threats and vulnerabilities. 
  • K0006: Knowledge of specific operational impacts of cybersecurity lapses. 
  • K0047: Knowledge of information technology (IT) architectural concepts and frameworks.
  • K0048: Knowledge of Risk Management Framework (RMF) requirements. 
  • K0072: Knowledge of resource management principles and techniques.
  • K0090: Knowledge of system life cycle management principles, including software security and usability.
  • K0101: Knowledge of the organization’s enterprise information technology (IT) goals and objectives.
  • K0120: Knowledge of how information needs and collection requirements are translated, tracked, and prioritized across the extended enterprise.
  • K0126: Knowledge of Supply Chain Risk Management Practices (NIST SP 800-161) 
  • K0146: Knowledge of the organization's core business/mission processes.
  • K0148: Knowledge of import/export control regulations and responsible agencies for the purposes of reducing supply chain risk.
  • K0154: Knowledge of supply chain risk management standards, processes, and practices.
  • K0164: Knowledge of functionality, quality, and security requirements and how these will apply to specific items of supply (i.e., elements and processes).
  • K0165: Knowledge of risk threat assessment.
  • K0169: Knowledge of information technology (IT) supply chain security and supply chain risk management policies, requirements, and procedures. 
  • K0194: Knowledge of Cloud-based knowledge management technologies and concepts related to security, governance, procurement, and administration. 
  • K0196: Knowledge of Import/Export Regulations related to cryptography and other security technologies. 
  • K0198: Knowledge of organizational process improvement concepts and process maturity models (e.g., Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) for Development, CMMI for Services, and CMMI for Acquisitions). 
  • K0200: Knowledge of service management concepts for networks and related standards (e.g., Information Technology Infrastructure Library, current version [ITIL]).
  • K0235: Knowledge of how to leverage research and development centers, think tanks, academic research, and industry systems. 
  • K0257: Knowledge of information technology (IT) acquisition/procurement requirements.
  • K0270: Knowledge of the acquisition/procurement life cycle process. 

Skills

  • S0038: Skill in identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
  • S0372: Skill to translate, track, and prioritize information needs and intelligence collection requirements across the extended enterprise. 

Tasks

  • T0066: Develop and maintain strategic plans.
  • T0072: Develop methods to monitor and measure risk, compliance, and assurance efforts.
  • T0174: Perform needs analysis to determine opportunities for new and improved business process solutions.
  • T0199: Provide enterprise cybersecurity and supply chain risk management guidance for development of the Continuity of Operations Plans.
  • T0220: Resolve conflicts in laws, regulations, policies, standards, or procedures.
  • T0223: Review or conduct audits of information technology (IT) programs and projects.
  • T0256: Evaluate the effectiveness of procurement function in addressing information security requirements and supply chain risks through procurement activities and recommend improvements.
  • T0273: Develop and document supply chain risks for critical system elements, as appropriate.
  • T0277: Ensure that all acquisitions, procurements, and outsourcing efforts address information security requirements consistent with organization goals.
  • T0302: Develop contract language to ensure supply chain, system, network, and operational security are met.
  • T0340: Act as a primary stakeholder in the underlying information technology (IT) operational processes and functions that support the service, provide direction and monitor all significant activities so the service is delivered successfully.
  • T0354: Coordinate and manage the overall service provided to a customer end-to-end.
  • T0377: Gather feedback on customer satisfaction and internal service performance to foster continual improvement.
  • T0379: Manage the internal relationship with information technology (IT) process owners supporting the service, assisting with the definition and agreement of Operating Level Agreements (OLAs).
  • T0407: Participate in the acquisition process as necessary.
  • T0412: Conduct import/export reviews for acquiring systems and software.
  • T0414: Develop supply chain, system, network, performance, and cybersecurity requirements.
  • T0415: Ensure that supply chain, system, network, performance, and cybersecurity requirements are included in contract language and delivered.
  • T0481: Identify and address cyber workforce planning and management issues (e.g. recruitment, retention, and training).
  • T0493: Lead and oversee budget, staffing, and contracting.
  • T0551: Draft and publish supply chain security and risk management documents.

Capability Indicators

Capability Indicators for Program Manager
Category Entry Intermediate Advanced
Credentials/Certifications
  • Recommended: Not essential but may be beneficial
  • Example Types: N/A
  • Example Topics: Certifications that address requirements development and management processing, systems engineering, testing and evaluation, lifecycle logistics, contracting, business, cost, financial management, leadership, strategic program management, program lifecycle (initiating, planning, executing, controlling, closing), benefits management, stakeholder management, governance, and a data-driven approach and methodology for eliminating defects
  • Recommended: Yes
  • Example Types: N/A
  • Example Topics: Certifications that address project management (initiating, planning executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing), requirements development and management processing, systems engineering, testing and evaluation, lifecycle logistics, contracting, business, cost, financial management, leadership, strategic program management, program lifecycle (initiating, planning, executing, controlling, closing), benefits management, stakeholder management, governance, system security, network infrastructure, access control, cryptography, assessments and audits, and organizational security
  • Recommended: Yes
  • Example Topics: Certifications that address strategic program management, program lifecycle (initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing), benefits management, stakeholder management, governance, security and risk management, asset security, security engineering, communications and network security, identity and access management, security assessment and testing, security operations, and software development security
Continuous Learning
  • Recommended: Yes
  • Examples: 20-60 hours annually (may include maintaining certifications, attending symposium/conferences, self-directed study, and taking higher education coursework)
  • Recommended: Yes
  • Examples: 40-80 hours annually (may include conferences, maintaining certification, on-the-job training for next level/increasing responsibilities, developmental assignments, shadowing, rotations, seminars, conferences, brown bags, and presentations)
  • Recommended: Yes
  • Examples: 40-120 hours annually (may include holding elected/appointed positions [e.g., committee leadership roles or attending and/or presenting at educational conferences or meetings], mentoring, and maintaining certifications)
Education
  • Recommended: Not essential but may be beneficial
  • Example Types: Associate's, Bachelor's
  • Example Topics: Computer science, cybersecurity, information technology, software engineering, information systems, computer engineering
  • Recommended: Yes
  • Example Types: Associate's, Bachelor's (certifications addressing advanced systems management, systems administration, information systems security, system certification, risk analysis, governance, security risk management, controls, audit management, information security core concepts [access control, social engineering, phishing attacks, and identity theft], strategic planning, finance, and vendor management may substitute for education)
  • Example Topics: Computer science, cybersecurity, information technology, software engineering, information systems, computer engineering
  • Recommended: Yes
  • Example Types: Master's, Ph.D. (certifications addressing advanced systems management, systems administration, information systems security, system certification, risk analysis, governance, security risk management, controls, and audit management, information security core concepts [access control, social engineering, phishing attacks, and identity theft], strategic planning, finance, and vendor management may substitute for education)
  • Example Topics: Computer science, cybersecurity, information technology, software engineering, information systems, computer engineering
Experiential Learning
  • Recommended: Yes
  • Examples: 3+ years of program management experience with a budget of $10 million to $50 million, project management, mentoring, soft skills, 6-month rotations
  • Recommended: Yes
  • Examples: 5+ years of program management experience with a budget of $50 million to $100 million, handling day-to-day responsibilities, information assurance
  • Recommended: Yes
  • Examples: 7+ years of program management experience with a budget of $100 million+, overseeing all assignments involving the program, managing large and complex projects, coach others, presenting at conferences, mentoring other managers
Training
  • Recommended: Not essential but may be beneficial
  • Example Types: N/A
  • Example Topics: Hacking trends
  • Recommended: Yes
  • Example Types: N/A
  • Example Topics: Hacking trends, contracting, business cost and financial management, applied leadership in projects and programs, and network security vulnerability
  • Recommended: Yes
  • Example Types: N/A
  • Example Topics: Leadership, program management, strategy, business, cost and financial management, hacking trends, online training, and publications