OMB releases EA assessment tool

The Office of Management and Budget's Federal Enterprise Architecture Program Management Office today released an assessment tool for agencies to evaluate their enterprise architectures, set baselines and address any developmental or application problems.

The EA Assessment Framework Version 1.0 will let agencies rate the capability of their modernization blueprints. OMB said it complements the General Accounting Office's EA Management Maturity Framework, which assesses EA capacity.

OMB wants agencies to rate their EAs on a scale of 0 to 5 to identify how they address four areas:

  • Managing changes in architectural and strategic direction

  • Ensuring standard interfaces, interoperability and connectivity

  • Integrating IT as defined by the Technical Reference Model

  • Ensuring alignment with the agency's strategic goals

The total for each section is added up to give an agency a total assessment value, which will describe the agency's current EA status and where improvements are needed.

The FEAPMO is working on the next version of the framework with the CIO Council, with agency feedback to further clarify assessment criteria. OMB said it plans to release it this summer.

'OMB is striving to help agencies link departmental-level EA throughout their operations, so that its value is reflected in both internal operational decision-making as well as the identification of governmentwide common solutions for improved service to citizens,' the guide said.

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