OMB clarifies federal lines of business

Federal enterprise architecture officials this week will launch five line-of-business initiatives that reflect common agency processes.

The fiscal 2004 and 2005 budget work clarified the common processes, said Robert Haycock, chief architect at the Office of Management and Budget. He spoke last week at the Open Source in Government conference in Washington.

OMB defined the five lines of business as:
  • Financial management

  • Federal health programs

  • Case management

  • Human resources management

  • Grants management.

Haycock said his office will set up a task force for each line of business to identify ways the government can save money through common, cross-agency architectures.

OMB also is starting to assess the maturity of agencies' enterprise architectures against objective criteria.

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

Other architecture officials touted the importance of incorporating more open-source software components into the government's enterprise architecture efforts.

In an effort to lead by example, the new Component Organization and Registration Environment, at www.CORE.gov, uses open-source software to provide a repository for enterprise architecture components.

Agencies 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.

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