Haycock to leave OMB

Robert Haycock, the Office of Management and Budget's chief architect, will step down from his position April 30.

Sources confirmed Haycock plans to return to Denver and work for the Interior Department. Before coming to OMB, he was deputy CIO for the Denver office of Interior's Bureau of Reclamation.

Haycock would not comment on his decision.

He joined OMB on detail in June 2002 and in October became OMB's first chief architect in charge of the Federal Enterprise Architecture Program Management Office, which is developing and maintaining the Federal Enterprise Architecture.

Known for his quiet demeanor, Haycock, who was a part of the initial Quicksilver project to come up with the 25 initiatives, ushered the FEA through the revision of the Business Reference Model, and the first versions of the Performance, Technical and Service Component reference models. OMB still is finishing up the Data and Information Reference Model, the final one for the FEA.

Haycock's office also modified and deployed the Federal Enterprise Architecture Management System, which starting this spring will let agencies identify IT project collaboration opportunities. It also launched the Solutions Architecture Working Group, which helped the 25 Quicksilver initiatives with their technical designs, and promoted component-based architecture and reuse. But the working group ceased operations last summer.

He led the CIO Council's Architecture and Infrastructure Committee, and its corresponding subcommittees on emerging technology, governance and components. His work with the CIO Council also included helping agencies integrate their architectures with the FEA. Additionally, Haycock worked with state and local governments to integrate their modernization blueprints with the federal architecture.

'Bob deserves kudos for quietly and religiously concentrating on the issues and getting things done that others before him weren't able to do,' said John Weiler, executive director and chief technology officer for the nonprofit Interoperability Clearinghouse of Alexandria, Va. 'He was able to get agencies to buy in to enterprise architectures and get them involved in the development process.'

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