OMB reviewing agency EAs for usefulness

The Office of Management and Budget has started to assess whether agencies are using their enterprise architectures rather than just showing they are completed.

Richard Burk, OMB's chief architect, today said 23 of 24 agencies handed in their EAs Feb. 28, and his office will evaluate them under EA Assessment Framework 2.0 to determine how well they are being used.

'The EA assessment has 17 criteria, and about half of them look at how the EA is being used,' Burk said at the FOSE 2006 trade show in Washington sponsored by PostNewsweek Tech Media, the parent company of Government Computer News. 'There is a lot more to the EAs this year than in previous years. I think agencies really took to heart what we are looking for and the specifics of how they are using it.'

Burk said one agency, which he would not name, had not yet submitted its EA, and the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development put forward a combined blueprint.

OMB released EA Assessment 2.0 in January to analyze how agencies are establishing measurable milestones for how they use their architectures.

'We want to know if agencies have an architecture review board, if the board has a charter and if they keep minutes,' Burk said.

Last year, the average score was 3.21 out of 5, meaning OMB deemed every agency architecture effective.

This year, OMB will finish evaluating agency submissions by March 31 because their scores are to be reflected in President Management Agenda scorecard, which will be released in April, Burk said.

"To get to green on agency status rating [on the PMA], they must score a 3 or better in completion and use or results," Burk said. "To get to yellow, they must score a 3 or better in completion or use."

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