Frequently Asked Questions
Does the Framework apply to all major contracts, in addition to major information resources projects?
The Framework is required for major information resources projects and certain major contracts as described in the
CPA Contract Management Guide. Note that a technology procurement project involving a major contract may or may not meet the threshold for a major information resources project. In either scenario, the Framework is required.
Does the Framework provide a project management methodology?
The Framework provides guidance to agency heads by presenting fundamental information on delivery of technology projects to help them assess the agency’s ability to manage state investments. The Framework functions in concert with existing governance structures and project management processes established at the agency level. The Framework also provides a toolset for practitioners directly involved in delivery of the project.
Are the Framework tools based on industry standards?
The Framework tools, when applicable, are based on standards developed by organizations such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Project Management Institute (PMI), and International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
Does the Framework specifically address security, e-records, accessibility, privacy, or other compliance/technical considerations that impact delivery of a project?
The Framework provides tools and guidance whose use may be adapted to fit individual project needs. Identification and management of specific requirements in areas of the aforementioned compliance/technical considerations are dealt with on a project-by-project basis. Sound industry practices indicate these requirements must be identified and addressed throughout the project delivery. A future iteration of the Framework will address integration of various compliance/technical considerations with project delivery.
Can the Framework be used for all projects?
The Framework is intended for use during delivery of major information resources projects as defined in
TGC 2054, and certain major contracts (refer to the
CPA Contract Management Guide). The Framework can be used for smaller size projects as deemed appropriate by the agency.
Can the Framework be used if agency project management practices do not exist?
The Framework promotes use of agency project management practices for delivery of projects, especially for delivery of major information resources projects and technology procurement projects that involve certain major contracts (refer to the
CPA Contract Management Guide). The extent and formality of these practices may vary from agency to agency. If these industry practices do not exist to some extent, the agency may find it difficult to effectively assess business outcomes during each of the review gates.
Is the 10 percent contract cost threshold based on the initial contract amount or an amended contract amount?
The contract cost threshold is based on the initial contract amount.
What happens if a project does not meet the QAT threshold for a major information resources project after the project has been initiated?
Nothing – required project deliverables must still be used and submitted for the project.
What happens if a project meets the QAT threshold for a major information resources project after the project has been initiated?
The agency must amend its Biennial Operating Plan and proceed as described in the
Project Delivery Framework process.