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GSA's Marion Royal says his office is focusing on identifying reusable components.

J. Adam Fenster

Need a component for your agency's enterprise architecture? Check out, the new Federal Enterprise Architecture Component Organization and Registration Environment, will store existing components as well as those under development.

Identifying reusable components'self-contained business processes or Web services'has been a main focus of the Federal Enterprise Architecture effort, said Marion A. Royal, an agency expert in the General Services Administration's Office of Governmentwide Policy.

The Component Subcommittee of the CIO Council's Architecture and Infrastructure Committee began the development of the repository. The project is an interagency effort to refine component lifecycles.

Agencies that identify gaps in their business processes or applications can search the repository for a possible fix among existing components. They can acquire or modify existing components to plug the holes in their business processes, or they can develop entirely new components, which the subcommittee can certify for inclusion in the registry.

Neutral area

Each component registration will generate a third-level domain name as a neutral Web area where agencies can collaborate, Royal said. For example, if the component could work in financial management systems, it would be registered at

For each registered component, the site automatically creates an e-mail list, an online discussion area and a document library with version control, Royal said.

After certification, components will be published to the repository for interagency use until they are declared obsolete and retired. uses the SourceCast tool from CollabNet Inc. of Brisbane, Calif., to organize the components and control access to the collaborative workspace depending on roles and permissions. Developer tools from CollabNet are downloadable.

The repository will complement the Federal Enterprise Architecture Management System, said David Layton, OGP's program manager for FEAMS.

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