Federal architecture tool ready in March

The Federal Enterprise Architecture Program Management Office has a software tool almost ready to help agencies collaborate on their IT projects.

The Federal Enterprise Architecture Management System, or FEAMS, has passed the proof-of-concept stage and will be available next month, said Bob Haycock, Office of Management and Budget chief architect.

'We tested the system with four agencies in January and received good feedback,' Haycock said this week at an enterprise architecture conference in Washington sponsored by Federal Sources Inc. of McLean, Va., and Potomac Forum Ltd. of Potomac, Md. 'We asked them a series of questions, and they worked through the application.'

The Agriculture and Labor departments joined the Environmental Protection Agency and the General Services Administration for the month-long test, Haycock said.

The database tool included the federal Business Reference Model framework for test purposes. It will go live next month with a newer version of the business model as well as the first Performance Reference Model, Haycock said. The business model covers:

  • Budget allocation

  • Horizontal and vertical information sharing

  • Performance measurement

  • Budget and performance integration

  • Cross-agency collaboration

  • E-government

  • Component-based architectures

  • FEAMS also will provide agencies with information about standards, service components, Extensible Markup Language schemas and metadata. Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. of McLean, Va., built the initial tool for the Housing and Urban Development Department. Haycock said, and FEAPMO modified HUD's software for broader use. It will be available for use on a secure part of the office's site, www.feapmo.gov.

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