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The Obama administration should issue an Executive Order on January 21st that requires agencies to establish an independent program oversight, or IPO, function—either government or third party—to oversee the selection, performance, and delivery of IT programs greater than 25 million dollars. We are at an unusual intersection of time where money, war, and politics come together to impact the government’s portfolio of IT programs. Federal programs will be assessed, adjusted, removed, and added. The challenge for the administration, and for each agency, will be to determine which programs best address the agency’s strategic objectives and provide the best return on investment. Let’s save the taxpayers several billion dollars by delivering the right IT programs on time and on budget. How? By applying mature and proven portfolio and program management principles. An IPO provides the agency and the program manager daily transparency to the true status of a program or project. By design free of contractor biases and political influences, the IPO gives the program manager timely, accurate, and helpful information to steer a program or project to successful conclusion within its cost, schedule, and performance goals.