OMB to name permanent chief architect

The Office of Management and Budget will name an official chief architect as early as next week, a senior administration official says.

Norman Lorentz, OMB's acting administrator for e-government and IT and chief technology officer, said that one of his priorities before leaving the agency is to make sure the position is filled.

Lorentz announced last week he was taking a job with DigitalNet Inc. of Herndon, Va., and that his last day will be Sept. 19.

Robert Haycock has been the acting chief architect since May 2002 while on detail from the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management and is one of the leading candidates for the position, Lorentz said.

OMB also wants to add six analyst positions under the chief architect to help with the day-to-day work of creating and maintaining the Federal Enterprise Architecture reference models, Lorentz said.

Lorentz, who gave the keynote speech yesterday at an enterprise architecture conference sponsored by E-Gov, outlined the progress and plans for the Federal Enterprise Architecture over the next 12 months.

Lorentz said agencies on Sept. 8 submitted four joint business cases that will increase the number of e-government projects to 29.

Earlier this summer, OMB analyzed six lines of business where they suspected system duplication among agencies. Officials decided on four areas'public health monitoring, criminal investigation, human resources administration and financial management'where agencies should submit joint business cases.

'We just received the business cases so they are a work-in-progress,' Lorentz said. 'We have to make the adjustment to the fiscal 2004 budgets and then move forward with the 2005 request.'

OMB will evaluate the business cases and make recommendations to the President's Management Council by December. The PMC, which is made up of deputy secretaries and undersecretaries, will make the final decision on whether or not agencies should pursue the opportunities for collaboration by February, when President Bush submits his 2005 budget request to Congress, Lorentz said.

The final two reference models are close to being finished, Lorentz said, and the Performance Reference Model will be released 'imminently,' while agencies will see the final Data Reference Model draft in early October.

Lorentz also said the CIO Council's Federal Architecture and Infrastructure Committee will add a security profile for each of the reference models.

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