OMB will release more EA models within days

The Office Management and Budget is ready to release enterprise architecture reference models for the fiscal 2005 budget cycle, chief technology officer Norm Lorentz said today.

OMB will release Version 2.0 of the Business Reference Model as well as the first version of the Performance Reference Model any day now, Lorentz said at a Washington breakfast meeting on enterprise architectures sponsored by SAS Inc. of Cary, N.C.

The models will be posted on the Federal Enterprise Architecture Program Management Office's Web site, at

The Service Component and Technical reference models will follow close on the heels of the business and performance models. OMB will release them late this month or early next month, he said. The Data Reference Model will be released in midsummer, Lorentz said.

The latest Business Reference Model separates services delivery modes from the services themselves. (Click here for recent GCN coverage)

OMB also plans to launch a secure portal to help agencies develop systems plans against the Federal Enterprise Architecture. The Federal Enterprise Architecture Management System, or FEAMS, will let agencies create their business cases for systems, known as Exhibit 300s, using the Federal Enterprise Architecture scheme as a backdrop, Lorentz said.

'FEAMS is a tool where people can do what-ifs so we can have completed 300s before rather than after the budget cycle,' he said.

Currently, OMB often asks agencies to supply additional details after it creates the president's budget proposal for submission to Congress.


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