FAA Community Luncheon - Estimating and Assessing Costs for Major IT Investments

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Event Date

Estimating and Assessing Costs for Major IT Investments

Featuring

Carol Cha, Assistant Director for IT at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Free Program - No Cost to Attend

Location

FAA Headquarters
Bessie Coleman Conference Room
800 Independence Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20591

This event is metro-accessible via L'Enfant Plaza Station

Pre-registration is required.
1 PDU will be available for PMPs. 

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Time and Agenda

  • 11:00 am: Networking begins
  • 11:30 am – 12:30 pm:
  • Keynote Speaker:Carol Cha, Assistant Director for IT at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

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About the Program:

Estimating and Assessing Costs for Major IT Investments

The GAO Cost Estimating and Assessment Guide is a best practice manual intended to help agencies produce high-quality cost estimates and is applicable to civilian and defense projects managed by government entities or private contractors. In particular, this guide lays out a multi-step process for developing reliable estimates and explains how to manage program costs through earned value management. Furthermore, GAO auditors are using it assess the accuracy of agencies' cost estimates and determine whether programs are on schedule. My presentation will outline how this important manual was developed, key aspects of the guide, as well as case studies of recent GAO reviews. 

About the Speakers:

Carol Cha, Assistant Director for IT at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

Carol Cha is an Assistant Director for Information Technology at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), where she has led cost analyses and technology audits on major federal IT systems at the Departments of Commerce, Defense, and the Federal Aviation Administration, among others. In recent years, Carol has championed the use of earned value management as an auditing tool at GAO. In particular, she co-authored the GAO Cost Estimating and Assessment Guide, which provides auditors with best practice criteria for determining the reliability of cost estimates and the use of earned value techniques to manage system acquisitions. In addition to performance auditing, she also teaches beginning and advanced EVM training courses within GAO. Carol holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Information Technology from Virginia Tech.

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