LaTanya Anderson

Presentation: Considerations for FAC-P/PM Application Review

Abstract: FAC-P/PM is a Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI) certification for P/PM competencies that involve acquisitions. When considered and viewed through the PMIAA implementation lens, there is an opportunity to assess the FAC-P/PM certification process and determine if that process can be re-engineered to align it to the following mutually beneficial outcomes:

  • Professionalizing the critical federal P/PM workforce
  • Standardizing agency P/PM practices (holding FAC-P/PMs to this standard)
  • Standardizing the process of certifying FAC-P/PM applications
  • Supporting the agency with FAC-P/PM application review, certification, and competency and experience assurance

This session will discuss an approach to the FAC-P/PM application review process including the benefits, challenges, and successes.

PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic and Business Management (Business Acumen)

Biography: LaTanya S. Anderson is a seasoned program/project management (P/PM) leader practitioner, proud member of the federal government project management community, and federal government program/project management evangelist advocating the importance that qualified, skilled P/PMs impact the ability of federal agencies to spend taxpayer dollars wisely and through federal program and projects deliver better services to taxpayers more efficiently and effectively. LaTanya is the Associate Director of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s University (DOIU) Professional Development Program Management Office (PD PMO) and the Program Manager of the Interior Acquisition Institute. In that role, she is a results-driven leader within a learning culture of programs and project initiatives that inspire, transform, and shape employees into an innovative, agile, critical thinking, strategic teaming, federal workforce that delivers mission outcomes, provides excellent service, and is effective and responsible stewards of Americans’ taxpayer dollars.

Prior to her appointment at DOIU, she served as an IT Project Manager managing multi- million dollar enterprise-level projects, acquisition activities, and initiatives related to the planning, engineering, and implementation of IT infrastructure improvements and enhancements in support of the mission of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and was the Program Manager for the development of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s regulatory management system. In addition, she has 20 years of experience providing federal tactical, operational, and strategic direction as well as performing as an authoritative advisor to cabinet-level leaders on policy and governance of program, acquisition, and IT and is a member of federal advisory boards and workgroups for those knowledge and policy areas. She has been the Lead for reports to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the General Accounting Office (GAO), and Congress on the status of Departmental projects and has been instrumental in driving Departmental initiatives in the development of technology.

She serves and has served as a passionate leader, contributor, collaborator, and subject matter expert in the Federal PM Community of Practice, the Federal Acquisition Institute’s PM Functional Advisory Board, President Management Agenda Cross- agency Priority Goal Teams, the Office of Personnel Management SME Panel for the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act (PMIAA), the DOI PMIAA Implementation Team, as a regular session speaker for the University of Maryland’s Annual PM Symposium, and has been a member of the Project Management Institute since 2009.

Since 2002, she has served under Secretaries and Assistant Secretaries at cabinet- level federal agencies and has been the recipient of a number of awards and honors including: U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriotic Employer Award (April 2017); U.S. Department of the Interior Procurement Managers Conference Speaker (October 2016); American Council for Technology Industry Advisory Committee’s (ACT-IAC’s) 2013 Future Now Leaders Award Nomination (February 2013); U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Executive Leadership VA (LVA) Nomination (January 2012); U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of the Secretary’s Award of Excellence (October 2010) and Office of General Counsel’s Damon P. Whitehead Award for Community Service (May 2008).

Before working for the Federal Government, LaTanya performed project administration as a private sector IT consultant for Unisys, General Dynamics, and Manpower Technical as well as a staff member for the U.S. edition of the Stars and Stripes newspaper. Her early leadership accomplishments were graduating as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force Junior Officers’ Reserve Training Corps (AFJROTC) and a graduate from the District of Columbia’s National Guard Youth Leader’s program.

LaTanya is a graduate of the Partnership of Public Service’s Excellence in Government fellows program and the African-American Federal Executive Association (AAFEA) fellowship. She holds a senior-level Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM) certification and a senior-level Federal Acquisition Certification for Contracting Officers Representative (FAC-COR) certification as well as a certification in Managing IT Projects from The George Washington University School of Business. LaTanya possesses a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), a Master of Science (MS) in Technology Management with a specialization in Project Management, and a Bachelor’s of Arts (BA) in Media Communications all from the University of Maryland.

She is a native of the District of Columbia and passes on many interesting stories shared with her about historic Washington, D.C., and has her own about growing up as a child of a U.S. Secret Service presidential-detailed agent and Vietnam-Era combat veteran. Furthermore, she is featured in “Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City” by Natalie Hopkinson regarding the music and culture of, Go-Go, D.C.’s homegrown music genre.