MSPM in the KNOW: December 6, 2016

Top 3 for 6 December:

1-    Spring 2017 Blackboard Collaborate Session Schedule now available on the blog. The Collaborate Sessions provide a weekly one-hour live interface with your professor during the semester. It is open to both distance and online sections of each course. Students are highly encourage to utilize the Collaborate Sessions for asking follow-up questions about lectures or case studies discussed in class. Confirm with each professor when the first session will occur.  

2-    As posted on the blog last month, those in the distance section of Spring 2017 DNSC 6269 Capstone course, are required to participate in the residency week to complete the course requirements with Dr. Khamooshi. Residency week will begin on Monday, 15 May through Friday, 19 May 2017. The class will meet each day for a full day beginning 8am in the School of Business (2201 G St, NW). Students registered for the campus section of the Capstone are not required to attend the residency week.  

3-    The Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act (PMIAA) was passed 30 November by the U.S. Senate. The bill will now go to President Barack Obama for signature and enactment. This legislation will make improvements to program and project management policy across the U.S. government. It is a landmark achievement for our profession. Read more.


Spring 2017 Blackboard Collaborate Schedule

Course Number Course Title Professor On Campus Class Day of Week Blackboard Collaborate Day of Week Time Notes
6250 PM Finance Kwak Monday Wednesday 8pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
6251 Opt Models for Dec. Making Novoa Tuesday Monday 9pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
6252 Risk Analysis for Dec. Making Kettunen Tuesday Monday 9pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
6235 Comm Strat for PM Keleher This is a distance course Wednesday 9pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
6202 Stats for Mgmnt Khamooshi Wednesday Thursday 8pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
6267 Planning & Scheduling Jain Wednesday Monday 9pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
6261 Intro to PM Kettunen Thursday Monday 8pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
6269 PM Applications Khamooshi Tuesday Thursday 9pm Eastern Highly Encouraged

Cost Analysis Positions with Department of Homeland Security

The Cost Analysis Division at DHS is responsible for providing objective cost estimates and analyses that enable DHS acquisition and resource decision making.  We report to the Department’s Chief Financial Officer and regularly interact and advise the Deputy Under Secretary for Management, Component Acquisition Executives and Component Financial Officers.

Selected candidates will be responsible for developing Independent Cost Estimates and Assessments for DHS’s major acquisitions, reviewing program office LCCEs, conducting affordability analysis, establishing and implementing policy and tool sets to further cost estimating and advising the Homeland Security Acquisition Institute (HSAI) on career field certification, training, and education for the cost estimating and analysis community.  This is a unique opportunity to join a team that is actively building the DHS cost analysis function of the future.   Basic qualifications are provided below.  If you would like to learn more, we are hosting a webinar tomorrow 6 December from 12-1PM.

Webinar:  Tuesday, 6 December 201612PM-1PM

Registration URL:

Webinar ID: 807-174-507

GS14 Opening for Current or Former Fed with Status:

GS14 Opening for all others:

To qualify for the GS-14 you must be a US Citizen and:

  1. Have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree in operations research or a related which included at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics. At least 3 of the 24 semester hours were in calculus.
  2. Possess one of the following certifications: Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst or; DAWIA Level III Business – Cost Estimating (BCE) or; DAWIA Level III Business, Cost Estimating and Financial Management (BCEFM) or; DHS Level III Cost Estimating.
  3. Have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-13 level in the Federal services as described in the vacancy announcement serving as the principal consultant to senior management on complex cost estimating and analysis policies and procedures for systems and programs.

Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act (PMIAA) was passed 30 November by the U.S. Senate

The Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act (PMIAA) was passed 30 November by the U.S. Senate. The bill will now go to President Barack Obama for signature and enactment. This legislation will make improvements to program and project management policy across the U.S. government. It is a landmark achievement for our profession. Read more.

MSPM in the KNOW: November 29, 2016

Top 3 for 29 November:

1- Registration remains open for spring 2017 courses. Register via GWeb immediately to secure a seat in your required courses.

Update on DNSC electives – the campus section of DNSC 6235 Communication Strategies in Project Management, was cancelled. The DE section will continue to run as scheduled. If you have been waitlisted for this class, you will receive an email notifying you if a space becomes available. The following courses qualify for DNSC elective and can be your alternative:

DNSC 6290 Digital Analytics (1.5) CRN 57499

DNSC 6214 Pricing and Revenue Management (1.5) CRN 58057

DNSC 6401 Sustainable Supply Chains (1.5) CRN 57852  

2- The MSPM program has filled the need for volunteers for the MSPM 20th Year Celebration on 9 December 2016.  We are still looking for volunteers for Spring 2017 Orientation, scheduled on 13 January 2017. Email Agnes Socrates, if interested. This is a great opportunity to meet incoming MSPM students and serve as a mentor!  

3- Reminder, deadline for AAUW International Fellowship is due on 1 December 2016. As posted on the blog, women pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral study in the United States who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents may apply for AAUW International Fellowship. Funding: $18,000–$30,000. Read more.

MSPM in the KNOW: November 22, 2016

Top 3 for 22 November:

1-    Thanksgiving Break is 23 November through 26 November. There should be no classes on these dates. For more details, check the University Calendar. Please note, Administrative offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday (24 and 25 November).

2-    Reminder, registration for Spring 2017 is ongoing. Register immediately via GWeb to secure a seat in required courses. Available seats are also open to non-MSPM students so sections fill up quickly. One campus section has closed and one distance section has closed due to high demand last week. Register now to save a section and a seat.

3-    The MSPM program is in need of volunteers for the following events below:

  • MSPM 20th Year Celebration, 9 December 2016. At least 4 volunteers needed to help with staffing registration table and handing out souvenirs. Volunteer hours from 4:30-7:30pm. Please contact Agnes by November 30 if interested (
  • Spring 2017 Orientation, 13 January 2017. At least 8 volunteers needed to help with the MSPM Bridge Game and Student Resources Presentation. Volunteer hours from 3-6:30pm. Please contact Agnes by 9 December if interested (


WFPG’S Facing a World in Turmoil Luncheon Speaker: Secretary of State John Kerry

29 November | 7:30AM – 2:00PM | Register here
The conference will include two panels. The first panel, Security at Home and Abroad, will focus on threats and challenges to national and international security and will include a discussion of the role of cybersecurity. The second, A World Without Borders, will address transnational issues like mass migration, terrorism, climate change and the changing nature of international trade. We are honored to announce that Secretary of State John Kerry will be our luncheon speaker. Schedule and additional details to follow.

Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF)

The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program is a flagship leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates. It is administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Each year, candidates apply to the program in efforts to be selected as Finalists. Finalists are then eligible for appointment as Presidential Management Fellows (Fellows; PMFs). The application will launch on November 18, 2016 and close on December 1, 2016. Critical application details are listed on this website: Become a PMF.

MSPM in the KNOW: November 15, 2016

Top 3 for 15 November:

1- Congratulations Angela Knight (current MSPM student) for passing the PMP certification exam! Angela attended the PMIWDC Review Course in October. She subsequently passed her PMP credentialing exam on 1 November 2016. Congratulations!

2- Spring 2017 classes are beginning to fill up. Registration for the following classes are now closed:

  • DNSC 6252 Risk Analysis (Campus section)
  • DNSC 6235 Communication Strategies in PM (Distance section)

Few spots are still available for some MSPM courses. Register now to secure your seat. Review your plan in DegreeMAP and/or schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates if you are not sure what courses to take. Reminder, registration for DNSC 6269 Capstone requires completion of Registration Transaction Form (RTF). Email completed RTF to

3- Upcoming Events:

PMIWDC Luncheon: It’s a Leadership Thing, Promoting Leadership Through Volunteerism | Wednesday, 16 November | 2201 G Street NW, Duques Hall, Rm. 453 |11:30-Noon Networking |12-1:00pm Presentation 

Careers in the Foreign Service: An Overview & Roundtable | Friday, 18 November | 9:30-10:30am | Elliott School 505  

Non Profit and Government Career Fair | Friday, 18 November| 11:30am-12:45pm Panel Discussion| Marvin Center Continental Ballroom| 1-3pm Career Fair Marvin Center Grand Ballroom

MSPM 20th Year Celebration | Friday, 9 December | The George Washington University School of Business | 2201 G Street NW, Duques Hall, 6th Floor | Washington, DC 20052 | 5-5:30pm Remembering MSPM’s Early Beginnings | 5:30-7:00pm Networking and Hors D’ Oeuvres  


Careers in the Foreign Service: An Overview & Roundtable

November 189:30-10:30AM | Elliott 505 | RSVP Gwork

Learn all about the US Foreign Service with US Department of State Diplomat-in-Residence Elise Kleinwaks, followed by a round table discussion with current Foreign Service Officers on their experiences in the field. Event sponsored by the Center for Career Services and Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Sorority