OMB releases EA performance reference model

At long last, the Office of Management and Budget has released the first version of the Performance Reference Model for the Federal Enterprise Architecture.

The performance framework, released publicly Sept. 17, defines four measurement areas that will apply to the fiscal 2005 budget formulation process:

  • Mission and business results, for the outcomes developed through the Government Performance and Results Act strategic-planning process

  • Customer results, for measuring the quality, accessibility and timeliness of the services agencies provide

  • Processes and activities, for rating the outcomes of IT initiatives in terms of finances, productivity, security, privacy and innovation

  • Technology, for gauging costs and savings, quality, efficiency, standardization, reliability and effectiveness of the IT projects themselves.

  • Ultimately, the Performance Reference Model will cover human capital and other fixed assets, but those two measurement areas will not be covered in the performance framework for the fiscal 2005 budget.

    Each area contains measurement categories with generic measurement indicators that agencies can tailor to their own missions and IT projects.

    The Performance Reference Model is the fourth framework published by OMB's Federal Enterprise Architecture Program Management Office. Before leaving his chief technology officer post at OMB last week for the private sector, Norm Lorentz said that a working draft of the Data Reference Model would go out for agency comment in early October.

    The two documents that make up the Performance Reference Model are online at


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