On the Subject of EVM Requirements in the U.S. Government



By Dr. Paul D. Giammalvo

Jakarta, Indonesia

Dear PMWJ Editor,

Below is an OPEN LETTER to the Honorable Mike Rogers (R-Alabama) Chairman, House Armed Services Committee, U.S. House of Representatives 2184 Rayburn HOB Washington, DC 20515 and Maj. Gen. Gregory Masiello, Defense Contract Management Agency, DCMA – DCC Office of Strategic Communication, 3901 Adams Avenue Building 10500, Fort Gregg-Adams, VA 23801 in support of those who have written REQUESTING, RECOMMENDING, or DEMANDING the US Government ABANDON or MODIFY requiring the continued use of SAE EIA 748D-2019 “Earned Value Management” (FORMERLY ANSI/EIA 748) and REPLACING it with “earned value management” as it originated with the French and British Guilds in the 16th Century as a “cash on delivery” payment system, evolved and refined during the 18th Century Industrial Revolution by Frederick Taylor, Henri Fayol, Henry Gantt, Frank and Lillian Gilbreth et al as a method to incentivize workers to produce more work and be rewarded for doing so, and documented and published by Halbert Powers Gillette and Richard Turner Dana in their 1909 book “Cost Keeping and Management Engineering: A Treatise for Engineers, Contractors and Superintendents Engaged in the Management of Engineering Construction[i] on the grounds that the method advocated by these late 18th century-early 19th Century researchers and authors has been tested and PROVEN to work as evidenced by their tools, techniques and methods are still in use by the private sector both by asset and operations managers (BUYERS) and project managers and project team members. (SELLERS)

Please feel free to make your SUPPORTED opinions[1] known to our elected and appointed US Government officials before the USA goes bankrupt or our US dollar is no longer the world’s reserve currency.

This announcement was just received from Crowell.com on Friday, 28 June: “The Department of Defense (DoD) recently announced that it seeks public comments on a proposed change to the contractor business systems regime.” (Specifically Earned Value Management)


Dear Hon. Mike Rogers, Esq. and Maj. General Masiello.

I am an internationally known[ii] and highly respected (albeit not universally well-liked) project management practitioner, author, consultant, teacher, and mentor with over 50 years of “hands-on” experience as both an owner and a contractor, primarily serving the oil and gas, mining, telecommunications and general construction sectors.

“We The People” have realized for many years now that using SAE EIA 748D-2019 (and the predecessor, ANSI/EIA 748) shows that “progress is too slow, too expensive, and fails to meet performance goals or provide timely, reliable information”[iii] (not to mention how bureaucratic and cumbersome to comply) so how much longer can or should “We the People” be willing to tolerate our governments “doing the same things over and over again but expecting different results” (Einstein’s definition of insanity) or Henry Fords supposed admonition that “If we do the same things we’ve always done, we will continue to get the same results”?


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Editor’s note: This work was presented as a Letter to the Editor in an email from the author.  Because of its length and substantive content, it is being published as a Commentary article to garner more attention and for reference.

How to cite this work: Giammalvo, P. D. (2024). On the Subject of EVM Requirements in the U.S. Government, PM World Journal. Vol. XIII, Issue VII, July.  Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/pmwj143-Jul2024-Giammalvo-on-the-subject-of-EVM-requirements-in-US-government-2.pdf

[1] To qualify to render “Professional” or “Expert Opinions,” contributors should meet the 5 Attributes of the Scientific Method:


  • Empirical,
  • Replicable,
  • Provisional,
  • Objective and

I Halbert Powers GilletteRichard Turner Dana (1909) “Cost Keeping and Management Engineering: A Treatise for Engineers, Contractors and Superintendents Engaged in the Management of Engineering Construction” https://books.google.com.sg/books/about/Cost_Keeping_and_Management_Engineering.html?id=zO-ADudj-R8C&redir_esc=y

[ii] Dr. Paul D. Giammalvo Profile https://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/dr-paul-d-giammalvo/

[iii] Abba, Wayne (2023) “It’s Time to “Reboot” Earned Value Management” Defense Acquisition University Blog https://www.dau.edu/library/defense-atl/blog/Reboot-Earned-Value-Management (Since retracted)