Enterprise architecture performance assessed

Agencies are making progress in implementing enterprise architectures but still have a way to go, according to the fiscal 2004 budget proposal released today by the Office of Management and Budget.

The 2004 budget document describes the progress of 14 departments (excluding the new Homeland Security Department) and 11 agencies in the effectiveness of their enterprise architecture efforts.

OMB judged the organizations' progress on developing the four layers of an enterprise architecture'business, data, application and technology'and on integrating the architecture into the organizations.

Among OMB's comments in the budget document:

  • The Energy and Housing and Urban Development departments have made significant progress toward enterprise architecture goals.

  • The Education and Justice departments, Environmental Protection Agency, Small Business Administration and Social Security Administration were cited for having made progress on developing the four layers without yet having fully addressed security issues. The document contained similar comments about the National Archives and Records Administration and Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

  • The Health and Human Services Department is in the early stages of several enterprise architecture efforts, and the Interior Department is 'reviewing its many separate and uncoordinated EA efforts.'

  • Mark Forman, OMB's associate director for IT and e-government, has said that $1 billion of fiscal 2004 IT spending will be earmarked for enterprise architecture projects (Click here for GCN coverage). Departments and agencies would get roughly $15 million to $25 million apiece.

    OMB expects agencies to use their enterprise architecture funds to improve their framework efforts and align them with the federal enterprise architecture, which is still in development, a government official said today. Agencies need to square their lines of business with the business reference model.

    Agencies requested enterprise architecture funds in their budget requests as a line item, and they will be detailed in the budget's Exhibit 53, which will be released in early March, the official said.

    The official added that under OMB Circular A-11, agencies are required to submit plans and progress on their enterprise architectures, and the amount of funding likely will be based on those reports.


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