Improving Program Management in the Federal Government

Improving Program Management in the Federal Government


Robert A. Burton

Venable LLP

PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

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There is a growing awareness within the federal government of the importance of improving agency programs and saving taxpayer dollars. Mr. Burton will address the challenges and obstacles facing the government as it seeks to improve program and project management at the agencies. He will also review legislation introduced this year in the House and Senate that is aimed at improving agency programs and professionalizing the federal program management workforce.

Event Location

Fairview Park Marriott
3111 Fairview Park Drive
Falls Church, VA, 22042

Agenda and Cost:
Corporate table for 10: $550
Chapter Members: $45
Non-members: $55
Walkins: $60
5:00 PM - Registration Opens
5:00 PM - PMIWDC Members Only Book Club Meeting
5:30 PM - PM Tools
5:30 - Networking Reception & Cash Bar
6:15 - New Member Meet & Greet
7:00 - Dinner & Cash Bar
7:45 - Guest Speaker
9:00 - Adjourn
PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs

Event Keywords

Soft Skills


Effective communication, in general: audience, media / message, attention vs. "noise", etc.

Industry / Sector


Federal, state, local or tribal government entities / Contractor for such entities

About the Speakers

Robert A. Burton

Venable LLP

Robert A. Burton is a partner in the Government Contracts Group at Venable LLP in Washington, DC. He is a nationally-recognized leader in federal procurement who focuses his practice on assisting government contractors navigate the complex and rule-driven procurement process. He also assists contractors with their marketing strategies for selling to the federal agencies and represents companies seeking procurement policy changes in Congress. A thirty-year veteran of procurement law and policy development, Mr. Burton served in the Executive Office of the President as Deputy Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), the nation's top career federal procurement official. During his seven-year tenure at OFPP, he served as Acting Administrator for more than two years. At OFPP, Mr. Burton prepared policy positions and worked with House and Senate committees on the development of acquisition legislation. He also served as the principal spokesperson for government-wide acquisition initiatives and regulations. Prior to joining OFPP, Mr. Burton spent more than twenty years as a senior acquisition attorney with the Department of Defense, negotiating the resolution of high-profile contract disputes and procurement fraud cases.

About the Monthly Dinner Meetings

The PMIWDC Monthly Dinner Meetings are held at the Sheraton Tysons (8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons, VA 22182), typically on the second Tuesday of each month (subject to change due to holidays and venue/speaker availability). Members and non-members are welcome to join us for the best speakers and networking the Washington, DC area has to offer.

The presentations are educational and informative to those professionals operating in the field of project management and functioning in leadership roles in industry and government. It is also of great value to those looking to step into the field of Project Management and begin their certification process. Each event will present specific learning points focusing on building a talent triangle of technical, leadership, and strategic and business management skills, unique to the presenter's area of expertise and the subject matter discussed while directly relating to improving the practice of managing projects and leading others. At each Monthly Chapter Event certified PMPs can earn 1 Professional Development Unit (PDU).


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