Some agencies are requiring all applicants to have a certification in project management from PMI as a prerequisite to applying for a IT project manager position, regardless of how many years of experience they have. Project management certifications from any other source is not being accepted. Some agencies feel if their project fails in any way they can say they did their due diligence by hiring a PMI certified project manager and escape responsibility. This greatly reduces the field of qualified, experienced candidates and results in people with a PMI certification, but less experience, getting the positions. It also sets up a monopoly for PMI and forces people to spend hundreeds of dollars when there is no justifiable need.
OMB and OPM should make wriiten statements emphasizing the importance of experience and that agencies should not use a PMI certification to screen out candidates.