Team putting final touches on performance model

The long-awaited first version of the Federal Enterprise Architecture Program's performance reference model could finally be released to agencies in a couple of weeks, the program's chief architect said this week.

The goal is to have both the performance reference model and the second-generation business reference model in place for the fiscal 2005 budget cycle, said Bob Haycock, manager of the Federal Enterprise Architecture Program Management Office. Haycock had said earlier this year that the enterprise architecture team wanted to finish the performance model this month (Click here for recent GCN coverage).

'In hindsight, we wish we had released them together,' Haycock said. The original version of the business reference model was announced last July in time to provide guidance for fiscal 2004 budget planning.

Agencies will be able to use the performance reference model to select standard performance indicators that can be tailored to specific programs, Haycock said. The model will allow managers trace a 'line of sight' among technologies, business processes and customer results to cut back on duplicative efforts.

Creating the performance model has been a tough and lengthy effort, Haycock said, adding that he originally had expected it to be finished last fall.

Haycock spoke Monday at the Open Standards/Open Source for National and Local E-Government Programs conference in Washington.

The Office of Management and Budget circulated a draft of the second version of the business reference model to agencies a few weeks ago and received 'a lot of good feedback' by the end of the comment period March 14, Haycock said.

Agencies also had a chance to review drafts of the service component and technical reference models last month, Haycock said.

The data reference model, which is meant to be a set of interoperable standards for defining and describing data, is still 'a work in progress,' Haycock said.

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