OMB identifies common lines of business

Federal enterprise architecture officials this week will launch five line-of-business initiatives that reflect processes common to virtually all agencies.

The lines of business were recognized during work on the fiscal 2004 and 2005 budgets, said Bob Haycock, chief architect at the Office of Management and Budget. He spoke today at the Open Source in Government conference in Washington.

The five lines of business as defined by OMB are:
  • Financial management

  • Federal health programs

  • Case management

  • Human resources management

  • Grants management.

  • Haycock said his office will establish a task force for each line of business to identify ways agencies can save money through sharing common architectures.

    OMB also is starting to assess the maturity of agencies' enterprise architectures and measuring them against objective criteria, Haycock said.

    Last month, Haycock's office launched a user group for the Federal Enterprise Architecture Management System. The group will study improvements to make FEAMS more user-friendly, he said.

    Meanwhile, architecture officials touted the new Component Organization and Registration Environment at, which runs on open-source software.

    Many officials have been using confusing and contradictory definitions of components, and they mix up technical and business process components, said Marion A. Royal, agency expert with the General Services Administration's Office of Governmentwide Policy. The CORE site eventually will be able to refer to and link to other component repositories, such as the one for the Electronic Business using Extensible Markup Language standard.

    At the conference, other agency officials discussed their policies and projects involving open-source software.

    Robert Gorrie, deputy director of the Defense Information Assurance Program, said he was initially surprised at the lack of complaints when the Defense Department issued its open-source software policy last year (Click for June 16, 2003, GCN story).

    'I'd like to think that it was accepted because it was a blinding flash of the obvious,' Gorrie said.

    The General Services Administration and the Center of Open Source and Government of Washington co-sponsored the conference, which runs through Wednesday.

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