Homeland Security's enterprise architecture deadline extended

The Office of Homeland Security has gotten a brief reprieve on its deadline for developing an enterprise architecture for the new Homeland Security Department.

Because of delays in passing the bill creating the department, the original Jan. 1 deadline has been pushed to Jan. 25, said Lee Holcomb, the office's director of infostructure.

"It's a daunting task," Holcomb said today at the E-gov Conference on Homeland Security in Washington.

The effort is further complicated by Congress' failure to pass a fiscal 2003 budget, he said. "We're operating on zero budget," Holcomb said.

The White House's Office of Homeland Security will continue to exist after the new department is organized. During the transition period, the office is spearheading development of the enterprise architecture to tie together the 22 agencies that will make up HSD. A meeting with all the agencies was held last week.

The first job is to establish Day 1 capabilities for the new department, Holcomb said. These will include a common directory and e-mail access for 170,000 people in the new .dhs domain. Internal and external Web portals to answer general questions also will be a priority, he said.

Holcomb said his team has turned to industry for advice on establishing a common enterprise.

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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