Federal EA office will home in on details next month

Federal EA office will home in on details as soon as next month

BALTIMORE'The Federal Enterprise Architecture Program Management Office expects to release drafts of two technology-related reference models early next year.

The draft technical reference model (TRM) and service component reference model (SRM) will probably be launched together next month, acting program manager Robert Haycock said today at the Extensible Markup Language 2002 conference sponsored by the International Digital Enterprise Alliance of Alexandria, Va.

SRM will describe software components that agencies can quickly search and assemble into applications, Haycock said. TRM will identify the standards and technologies'down to the product level in some cases'that will facilitate the reuse and interoperability of components.

The working groups drafting the models for the Federal Enterprise Architecture effort still have "a lot of conceptualizing" to do on a draft data reference model (DRM) for the architecture, Haycock said. Under current plans, DRM would provide agencies with a repository of XML schemas and metadata that would describe data common to business processes used in multiple agencies.

"One thing we're determined not to do is create our own standards," Haycock said. "We want to use the commercial standards already out there."

XML, Universal Discovery Description and Integration, Simple Object Access Protocol and Web Services Description Language are the critical specifications that the team wants to encourage agencies to use, Haycock said.

The enterprise architecture groups hope to use emerging Web services technologies to share data and integrate business processes. For example, Web services could help integrate the Federal Asset Sales e-government project into the Treasury Department's component-based application, Pay.gov, Haycock said.

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