CIO Council planning white paper as OMB retools CORE.gov site

The CIO Council will release a white paper this month on service component-based architecture as part of the Office of Management and Budget's effort to redefine how government operates through its Federal Enterprise Architecture initiative, according to a senior OMB official.

Speaking at a conference in Washington today, Dick Burk, OMB's chief architect, said the CIO Council's Architecture and Infrastructure Committee is drafting the paper, which will be available Sept. 30.

While Burk would not go into detail, he did say the document will serve as a 'good reference' for service component architecture and the Service Component Reference model, both of which are part of the FEA program.

The CIO Council defines a component as 'a self-contained business process or service with predetermined functionality that may be exposed through a business or technology interface.' OMB officials hope agencies can share components and save money on IT infrastructure.

This will be the second white paper the committee has issued in the past year. Last June, the council developed a document defining five types of system components and those with the potential for the best return on investment.

The paper comes as OMB is remodeling its Component Organization and Registration Environment Web site, Burk said. CORE.gov is OMB's central repository for shared service components.

CORE.gov 'had a lot in there,' Burk said, but OMB 'decided to throw it all out' and form a working group to determine what needs to be on the Web site. 'We now have begun to review various service components for inclusion in CORE.gov,' he said.

The Web site also will include a collaborative tool that lets OMB share services within the Lines of Business consolidation program among government agencies, he said.

OMB launched Core.gov just last year, but it has not been readily used by the federal IT community.

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