Work begins on homeland security architecture

An enterprise architecture model for federal homeland security efforts is under development, the infostructure director of the Office of Homeland Security said.

Lee B. Holcomb, who recently ended a five-year turn as NASA's CIO to join the homeland security team, said his office is committed to rolling out the first piece of the architecture within 90 days.

'We've been doing it with the hopes that we would have a bill,' Holcomb said, referring to the pending legislation to consolidate 22 agencies into a Cabinet-level Homeland Security Department. The initial architecture could be updated later to reflect new instructions from Congress or the eventual secretary of Homeland Security.

Holcomb said his office seeks to define the IT needs for such broad missions as transportation and border security, weapons of mass destruction, intelligence and emergency response.

Holcomb and several other military and civilian officials spoke Nov. 13 at an SGI-sponsored homeland defense conference in Washington.

Former Defense Department CIO Arthur L. Money said the Nov. 5 election 'sent a message that the American people want to move on and get past the shenanigans in Congress' to implement homeland security strategies.

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