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Setting the Baseline – 24th Annual International Performance Management Conference set for Bethesda, Maryland, USA in October

The 24th annual Integrated Program Management (IPM) Conference will be held during 29-31 October 2012 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.  The event, annually the world’s largest gathering of earned value management (EVM) professionals,  is being co-sponsored by the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), College of Performance Management (CPM) and the Society for Cost Estimating and Analysis (SCEA) in the United States.  Information at http://ipmconference.org/.

The conference will again feature training sessions, a practice symposia, workshops, and a Tools and Services track for those interested in technology solutions for EVM.

Keynote speakers will include Frank Kendall and Paul Bosco, two senior US government executives.

Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, US Department of Defense – Mr. Frank Kendall currently serves as the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L). In this capacity, he is responsible to the US Secretary of Defense for all matters pertaining to acquisition; research and engineering; developmental testing; contract administration; logistics and materiel readiness; installations and environment; operational energy; chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons; the acquisition workforce; and the defense industrial base. He is the leader of the Department of Defense’s efforts to increase the Department’s buying power and improve the performance of the defense acquisition enterprise. Prior to this appointment, from March 2010 – May 2012 he served as the Principal Deputy Under Secretary and also as the Acting Under Secretary.

Mr. Kendall has over 40 years of experience in engineering, management, defense acquisition, and national security affairs in private industry, government, and the military. He has been a consultant to defense industry firms, non-profit research organizations, and the Department of Defense in the areas of strategic planning, engineering management, and technology assessment. Mr. Kendall was Vice President of Engineering for Raytheon Company, where he was responsible for management direction to the engineering functions throughout the company and for internal research and development. Before assuming his current position, Mr. Kendall was a Managing Partner at Renaissance Strategic Advisors, a Virginia-based aerospace and defense sector consulting firm.

Paul Bosco, Director, Office of Acquisition and Project Management (APM), US Department of Energy (DOE) – Paul Bosco served as the Director of the Office of Engineering and Construction Management (OECM) from November 2006 until the creation of the Office of Acquisition and Project Management in June 2012. The Office of Engineering and Construction Management was the Department of Energy’s central management organization providing leadership in such mission critical areas as project and real property management. In addition, OECM validates the project performance baselines, to include cost and schedule, of all of the Department’s largest construction and environmental clean-up projects prior to Budget Request to Congress; an active project portfolio totaling over $30 billion.

Previously, Mr. Bosco served in the United States Navy nearly 28 years, as a member of the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps (CEC) and Seabee Community. In that capacity, he held a dozen different assignments in a dozen different locations, predominately involved in real property and project management, executing construction programs and projects worldwide. His last Navy assignment was as the Deputy Commander of Operations at the Headquarters of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) in Washington D.C. He also served as the Strategic Business Officer. He retired as a United States Navy Captain, Civil Engineer Corps, on November 1, 2006.

For those interested in certification testing, the following will be held during the event:

  • SCEA PCEA and CCEA Exams – October 27, 2012
  • EVM Certificate testing – October 31, 2012
  • AACE testing – November 1, 2012

The College of Performance Management is a PMI Registered Education Provider, so participants can get 18 PDU’s for attending the conference.  If you are involved with or interested in learning more about earned value management or integrated program management, this conference is one of the most important.  For more information or to register, visit http://ipmconference.org/.