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MSPM: In the Know, January 28, 2015

Top 3 for 28 Jan

Seeking Student “Actors” for Online Course Development, Compensation Provided
2U, which produces online courses for GW and other universities, is seeking students to participate in round table discussions on camera in February and March as part of their online course development. Interested students should have completed an introductory finance and accounting/auditing course. Student “actors” are required to read case studies and come prepared to discuss the material on camera in a round table format. Compensation provided, estimated at $300 for a half day of filming. If interested, contact Candice Johnson, Director of Operations, Online Programs, Milken Institute School of Public Health, at candicej@gwu.edu.

• Summer Jobs for GW Grad Students
Make a difference this summer by working with one of GW’s many student-oriented summer programs. Priority consideration given to candidates who apply by 2 Feb. Excellent opportunity for full-time students. Jobs available include Resident Advisors, Senior Program Directors, Course Assistants, and Pre-College Logistics Assistants. Visit http://summer.gwu.edu/jobs for details.

GW Event Roundup
29 Jan – GW PMA Happy Hour at Tonic

31 Jan – Celebrating Who You Are

2 Feb – How to Network for International Students

6 Feb – 11th Annual GW Alumni at the Caps

9-10 Feb – Foreign Language Cafe

11 Feb – Spring Career & Internship Fair

1 Mar – Abstract Submission Deadline for GW Research Days 2015

MSPM: In the Know, January 9, 2014

MSPM: In the Know

Spring 2014 Semester Begins Week of 13 Jan
2013 PMIEF Scholarship and Grant Recipients
2014 PMI Research & Education Conference

Dear MSPM Students,

Happy 2014! As you prepare for the start of the spring semester, these are top 3 items you need to know:

Spring 2014 Semester Begins Week of 13 Jan

Classes begin next week! Review the Schedule of Classes, your individual schedule on GWeb, and the GW Bookstore for days, times, locations, and textbook information for your courses. The Blackboard Collaborate schedule, as well as the textbook information, is also available via www.gwprojectmanagement.org.

The last day to add or drop a course via GWeb is 26 Jan. Courses added between 13-26 Jan will incur an $80 late fee. Courses dropped prior to 13 Jan will have 100% of the tuition charges cancelled. Courses dropped on or after 13 Jan are subject to the university refund schedule – on campus and off campus schedules.

Courses not yet appearing on Blackboard even though you confirmed your registration in GWeb? Chances are the professor has not yet activated the course in Blackboard. Rest assured that your course will be activated by the first day of the on-campus class. If you have specific questions about your course, the schedule, or the syllabus, contact your professor. Contact information for all faculty, staff, and students is available via the directory on my.gwu.edu.

2013 PMIEF Scholarship and Grant Recipients

Congratulations to the nine GW MSPM students who received scholarships or grants from the PMI Educational Foundation in 2013. The full list of recipients is available in the Jan 2014 issue of PMI Today. Review the list of available scholarships from the PMIEF for the next academic year and apply by the posted deadlines for consideration in 2014.

2014 PMI Research & Education Conference

The deadline to submit a paper to the 2014 Research & Education Conference is Monday, 13 Jan. The conference is scheduled for 26-29 Jul 2014 in Portland, Oregon. Registration will open in Mar 2014. They welcome conceptual, empirical or theoretical work using project, program, or portfolio management as the subject or context of the research. Faculty and students are encouraged to participate.

MSPM: In the Know, November 3, 2013

MSPM: In the Know

Spring 2014 Registration Tips
Tell Us How We Are Doing
2014 PMI Research & Education Conference

Dear MSPM Students,

The top 3 items you need to know this week:

Spring 2014 Registration Tips

Registration for the spring semester began on Monday, 4 Nov. Below are tips on registration:

– If you are not able to locate a project management elective in GWeb, be sure to look under the “Special Topics” heading within the DNSC course listings.

– If you have an academic hold or financial hold on your account, you will not be able to register. For academic holds, schedule an advisement session with me via www.meetme.so/gwmspm to discuss. For financial holds, contact the Student Accounts Office to discuss.

– If you are registering for DNSC 6269 PM Applications (capstone), you cannot do so via GWeb. You must submit a Registration Transaction Form to me for approval and processing. The form must be complete with all details provided, including the correct CRN and section.

– Review your plans in DegreeMAP to ensure that they are up-to-date. Questions regarding changes to your plan may be addressed in an advisement session.

– The summer 2014 schedule will be made available towards the end of March.

Tell Us How We Are Doing

We want your feedback on program communications. Complete a 5-minute survey to share your thoughts on our methods of communication and how we can keep you better informed on program information.

2014 PMI Research & Education Conference

PMI is currently accepting paper submissions for their 2014 Research & Education Conference. Submissions are due by 13 Jan 2014. The conference is scheduled for 26-27 Jul 2014 in Portland, Oregon. Registration will open in March 2014. They welcome conceptual, empirical or theoretical work using project, program, or portfolio management as the subject or context of the research. Faculty and students are encouraged to participate.

Senior Operations Research Analyst Position with GAO Center for Science, Technology, and Engineering

Job Title: Senior Operations Research Analyst

Job Announcement Number: GAO-13-ARM-1515-3b

Salary Range: $79,110-$117,416/year

Application Period: February 11-26, 2013

USA Jobs: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/337577000

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) supports the Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities to legislate, appropriate, and oversee the Federal government for the benefit of the American people. The GAO, commonly referred to as the investigative arm of Congress, or the congressional watchdog, is independent and nonpartisan. The GAO assists Congress in making informed decisions by providing information on policy and program issues, as well as by providing recommendations to make government more effective and responsive.

This a Senior Operations Research Analyst position, located in GAO’s Applied Research and Methods (ARM) Team, Center for Science, Technology, and Engineering (CSTE). ARM’s primary mission is to provide technical and specialist expertise that supports and extends the work of other GAO teams and thus contributes to the overall quality of the information GAO supplies to Congress and federal agencies. ARM operations research analyst staff  serve as consultants to other GAO teams, provide technical analyses where required, in the areas of cost estimation, earned value management, and schedule and schedule risk analysis.


  • Conducts cost estimating, earned value management (EVM), and schedule and schedule risk  analyses of large systems and acquisitions in the federal government including, but not limited to, major weapons systems, IT modernization, aircraft, and satellite systems.
  • Performs assessments of a program’s life cycle cost estimate (LCCE), EVM, and schedule data to determine to what extent each is meeting best practices called for in GAO’s Cost Estimating and Schedule Assessment Guides (cf., GAO Cost Estimating and Assessment Guide – Best Practices for Developing and Managing Capital Program Costs, GAO-09-3SP, Mar 2, 2009 and GAO Schedule Assessment Guide – Best Practices for Project Schedules—Exposure Draft, GAO-12-120G, May 30, 2012), and interviews agency officials to discuss audit findings related to best practices.
  • Prepares written assessments of cost, EVM, and schedule analyses that contain sufficient support and rationale for conclusions.  Works with experts outside GAO to conduct cost risk analyses when necessary.  Provides related oral presentations to both internal GAO customers and external clients such as Congressional staff.
  • Reviews products for adequate coverage and supportable conclusions regarding sound cost estimating, EVM, and scheduling.
  • Identifies key deficiencies in LCCEs and analyzes and interprets earned value management data including evaluation of formats I through V.
  • Provides training to staff as required on cost estimation, EVM, and schedule analysis.


Degree in operations research or at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, computer science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics.  At least 3 of the 24 semester hours must be in calculus.

Evaluation of Education: The primary requirement of operations research work is competence in the rigorous methods of scientific inquiry and analysis rather than in the subject matter of the problem.  Therefore, applicants should have sufficient knowledge of applied mathematics to understand and use fundamental concepts and techniques of operations research methods analysis.

Courses acceptable for qualifying for operations research positions may have been taken in departments other than Operations Research (e.g., Engineering-usually Industrial Engineering, Science, Mathematics, Statistics or Management Science).


1. Experience with Life Cycle Cost Estimates during all phases of the acquisition process; developing and evaluating unit costs and applying advanced theories, concepts, principles and processes for Life Cycle Cost Estimating such as conducting learning curve analysis, developing cost estimating relationships, and performing cost risk and uncertainty analysis.

2. Experience in earned value management analysis for various commodities (e.g., weapons, satellite, construction, transportation, IT systems).

In addition to the education requirements and the selective placement factors described, applicants must have at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the next lower level/band, equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service, which has equipped the applicant with the skills and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as practical experience in developing, analyzing, and evaluating life cycle cost estimates for reasonableness.