Company offers testing of Exhibit 300 documents

Agencies nervous about submitting their fiscal 2006 Exhibit 300 documents to the Office of Management and Budget in September can get an advance reading from Metier Ltd. of Washington, starting at $75,000, through Aug. 31.

Exhibit 300 documents make an agency's business case to OMB about how IT systems are planned, acquired and managed. OMB is strict about tying the business cases to the funding.

For fiscal 2006, Metier will put an agency's entire batch of Exhibit 300 plans, in Extensible Markup Language, through an algorithmic assessment by the vendor's WorkLenz portfolio management engine.

The first run-through, no matter how many exhibits are in the batch, costs $75,000. Each additional run costs another $75,000.

'It's not consulting to help write the business case, but to analyze the case in progress,' Metier marketing director Jennifer Smith said. 'This is the first year we're offering it as a separate service. Our federal clients who use WorkLenz for project portfolio management already have this service.'

Smith said the exhibit contents are protected by a client-vendor confidentiality agreement. The agency gets back a CD-ROM with a score for each exhibit analyzed.

Smith said she believes the WorkLenz scores will be similar to those assigned by OMB's Program Assessment Rating Tool. 'We've compared our scores with PART's,' she said. 'Our software uses natural-language processing.'

She said she expects most agencies would need two or three iterations if they make edits and other changes to improve a project's chances of a high enough score to win funding.


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