Project Assurance and Independent Verification & Validation (IV&V)

Project Assurance provides guidance and counsel on the planning, execution and delivery of large, complex technology initiatives. The primary responsibility for Project Assurance lies with the organizations that sponsor and support the IT project initiatives. The GTA Enterprise Portfolio Management Office (EPMO) provides a structured approach for Project Assurance that is aligned with the Enterprise Performance Life Cycle framework and is conducted through staged or periodic assessments. The GTA EPMO is also responsible for gathering and reporting on the results of Project Assurance as part of Enterprise Portfolio Management.

GTA negotiated the IT Project Assurance Services contract to save state agencies time and money when searching for a qualified contractor to provide a range of project assurance services. For more information, see the "IT Project Assurance Services" brochure under Related Files below.

For the largest, most complex and/or critical IT projects, we provide Project Assurance with our Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) engagements. IV&V, an industry "best practice," follows the basic Project Assurance practices and procedures with the added benefit of an independent third party to conduct the assessments and report on the findings and recommendations. (For a brief overview of the IV&V process, see the presentation below.)

Monthly reviews by the Critical Projects Review Panel are part of Project Assurance and play a significant role in ensuring successful IT projects.