Bush pushes $1b for enterprise architectures

The president's fiscal 2004 budget request earmarks $1 billion of the government's IT spending for enterprise architecture projects. The year-old Federal Enterprise Architecture Program Management Office is slated to get $2.5 million to carry on its interagency work, the Office of Management and Budget's chief technology officer, Norman Lorentz, said last week.

Each agency would get about $15 million to $25 million. The distribution will depend on the progress already made in implementing an architectural framework and on analysts' estimates of comparable projects. About 80 percent of the $1 billion will go to the development of enterprise architecture projects based on the budget documents agencies submitted to OMB, said Bill McVay, a senior policy analyst for the Information Policy and Technology Branch of OMB's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

The budget proposal sent to Congress also describes the progress made by agencies in their enterprise architecture efforts. OMB rated progress on four architecture layers'business, data, application and technology'and on how well agencies have integrated architectures into their processes.

Among OMB's comments:
  • The Energy and Housing and Urban Development departments have made significant progress toward enterprise architecture goals.

  • The Defense Department's Global Information Grid is a 'good start,' and the Labor Department's modernization blueprint is consistent with the federal business reference model.

  • The State and Transportation departments focused on the technical aspects of enterprise architecture and have done less on the other three layers.


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