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http://www.gcn.com/print/26_18/44717-1.html Staying in compliance

Staying current with the numerous regulations government agencies face is a daunting task. The challenge for federal agencies is even more difficult because they are working to transform crucial information technology systems at the same time.

Engineering, Management and Integration (EM&I) has developed a decision support tool for the Defense Department's Business Transformation Agency (BTA) to help DOD programs comply with business enterprise architecture requirements. That network-centric management tool, ACART, is now available to other programs, agencies and commercial organizations.

ACART assesses and filters a broad range of enterprise requirements, such as architectures, acquisition regulations, internal checklists and performance requirements, depending on the application. The tool addresses all the major regulatory acts and requirements, including the Office of Management and Budget's Exhibit 300, Federal Managers Financial Integrity Act, Federal Financial Management Improvement Act, Inspector General Act, Federal Information Security Management Act, Federal Information Processing Standards, Government Performance Results Act, Clinger-Cohen Act, OMB Circular A-123, DOD Directive 5000, Improper Payments Information Act and the Chief Financial Officer Act.

'A big component of ACART is discovery,' said Shaun Enright, EM&I's ACART product manager. 'Enterprise architecture managers can go into the tool to do discovery and analysis' on system compliance, he said. The tool also has plug-and-play requirements modules.

The scope of ACART is broader than other requirements management applications, such as Doors from Telelogic, a company IBM recently announced it will acquire, Enright said.

BTA and the Navy are two agencies that have mandated ACART as the compliance product for their enterprise systems, said Ted Hobson, BTA program manager with EM&I.

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Rutrell Yasin is is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

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