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1. Introduction

This paper describes an proposed enhanced framework for the management of information technology projects in the federal government. This enhanced framework, the detailed components of which will be developed and implemented over the next eighteen months, is designed to ensure that government information technology projects fully meet the needs of the business functions they are intended to support, deliver all expected benefits and are completed within their approved time, cost and functionality.

The enhanced framework comprises best practices, principles, methodologies, tools and standards that were identified in an inter-departmental initiative and which provide solutions to project management concerns experienced in the federal government. The framework will continue to evolve as new ideas and tools become available. Opportunities to incorporate new best practices and community knowledge and experience will be sought continuously in the future.

The enhanced framework is so-called because it is based on the existing project management framework defined in Treasury Board policies. Most of the proposed enhancements can be implemented without changes to these policies while the remainder, if adopted, will require only minor changes that will not affect the overall thrust of these policies.

Departments are expected to adopt the enhanced framework as it evolves. The Treasury Board has directed departments to apply this framework to existing information technology projects as applicable, as well as all future information technology projects and to so attest when seeking Treasury Board project approvals. Departments are expected to apply the elements of the framework in an intelligent fashion appropriate to the nature, size and risk of each project. Some elements of the enhanced framework will require some effort and financial investment and may take three to five years to be fully implemented in large departments.