CIO Council: Get architecture help from industry

CIO Council: Get architecture help from industry

With about six weeks left before fiscal 2005 budget submissions are due at the Office of Management and Budget, the CIO Council this month urged agencies to seek industry assistance with their business cases and enterprise architectures.

Karen Evans, vice chairwoman of the council and Energy Department CIO, sent a letter to agency CIOs, encouraging them to 'recognize the importance of the private sector.

'Our relationship with industry has never been bad, but sometimes it is important to restate the obvious,' Evans said. 'I've heard from several industry people that they wanted a clarification of their role with the CIO Council.'

The council has found that agencies are missing certain skill sets to complete their modernization blueprints, she said. 'The only way we will be able to finish these requirements is through a partnership with industry,' Evans said. 'We have been focused so much internally that I felt the time was right to clarify the role industry can play.'

Joiwind Ronen, executive director of the Industry Advisory Council, said the memo specifies industry's role as an effective partner.

'Enterprise architecture is somewhat new for most agencies, but it has been used in industry for some time,' Ronen said. 'The CIO Council is pointing to industry successes and encouraging partnership.'

In other council news, Evans said Navy CIO Dave Wennergren has joined John Marshall, the Agency for International Development's CIO, as a co-chairman of the Best Practices Committee.

The CIO Council also has finished testing its IT Roadmap tool to help federal employees chart their careers. Version 1 of the application will be available by July 23 at the site.

The Roadmap tool helps employees identify competencies for the 10 GS-2210 IT management specialist series, which includes positions in:

  • Policy and planning

  • Network services

  • Security

  • Data management

  • Systems analysis

  • Internet design and development

  • Application software design

  • Systems administration

  • Operating system maintenance

  • Customer support.

  • It also lets employees build long-term career plans, find courses, and see the general and technical skills needed to fulfill competency requirements.


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