The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-11, Part 7 (Office of Management and Budget), requires agencies to use Earned Value Management (EVM) to plan and manage major IT development investments. The President’s Management Agenda (PMA) Expanded Electronic Government (E-Gov) initiative also requires EVM implementation in order to achieve a “green” level of performance as explained in Memorandum M-04-24 (Office of Management and Budget)
EVM is a performance measurement methodology commonly used in IT projects to relate project and resource planning to actual cost and schedule achievements.
EVM requires all work to be planned, budgeted, and scheduled in time-phased “planned value” increments that produce a cost and schedule measurement baseline. IT project managers use an Earned Value Management System (EVMS) in order to provide an integrated view of the cost and schedule performance. Pre-defined earnings rules or metrics established in the system quantify project accomplishments and determine earned value.
More information about EVM can be found on the US DoD Earned Value Management Web site (DoD)
More information about EVM at HHS can be found in the following EVM Policy and Procedures documents