Enterprise Architecture Assessment Framework v3.1

Improving Agency Performance Using Information and Information Technology

OMB - Office of E-Gov & IT


The Federal Government is focused on delivering solutions and achieving results grounded in the principles of transparency and open government. In the course of managing the President’s budget, with over $70 billion in annual spending, there is an inherent responsibility to manage information technology (IT) investments wisely. This investment, and in particular the $23.7 billion in Development, Modernization, and Enhancement (DME, BY2010) funding, represents a key resource for improving agency performance, closing performance gaps and achieving government-wide transformation.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Enterprise Architecture Assessment Framework (EAAF) Version 3.1 identifies the measurement areas and criteria by which agencies are expected to use the EA to drive performance improvements that result in the following outcomes:

  • Closing agency performance gaps identified via coordinated agency strategic planning and performance management activities;
  • Saving money and avoiding cost through collaboration and reuse, productivity enhancements, and elimination of redundancy;
  • Strengthening the quality of agency investment portfolios by improving security, inter-operability, reliability, availability, solution development and service delivery time, and overall end-user performance;
  • Improving the quality, availability and sharing of data and information government-wide; and
  • Increasing the transparency of government operations by increasing the capacity for citizen participation and cross-governmental collaboration.

While agencies have clearly demonstrated a degree of maturity and competency in developing and using their EAs, EAAF Version 3.1 seeks to advance the practice of EA, particularly through the development and use of agency segment architectures, aimed at driving the kinds of government-wide outcomes described above.

EAAF Version 3.1 features the use of key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure the effectiveness of EA relative to the three EA capabilities areas of Completion, Use, and Results. It also moves agency EA submission to a template-based model aimed at improving reporting and assessment via an automated process and delivery mechanism. Artifacts will be posted on the MAX collaboration environment.

EAAF Version 3.1 also changes the assessment and reporting process. Instead of a single annual assessment, Version 3.1 moves to posting relevant artifacts for the Completion, Use, and Results capability areas in order to better align the use of EA with agency planning, investment management, and budget formulation and decisionmaking processes relevant to the annual budget cycle.

The EAAF supports policy implementation and assessment when meeting the EA and related requirements set forth in OMB Circulars A-11 and A-130. EAAF Version 3.1 is closely aligned with the methodologies, reporting templates, and tools such as the Federal Transition Framework (FTF), the Federal Segment Architecture Methodology (FSAM), and OMB’s IT Spending Dashboard.

Six key success factors for agencies with the EAAF v3.1 will be their ability to:

  • Align with agency performance improvement to quantitatively plan for and support measurable delivery of agency performance improvement.
  • Collaborate with other agencies to deliver common architectures for shared cross boundary mission, business, and technical requirements.
  • Contribute to the definition and implementation of the target Federal Enterprise Architecture.
  • Leverage bureau and program architecture activity to build out the agency EA and ensure that agency-proposed IT spending is well-architected, implementing the target agency and Federal Enterprise Architecture, and demonstrably driving agency performance improvement.
  • Integrate with agency IT Governance to ensure effective use of the agency EA to support delivery of agency performance improvement.
  • Through the above, establish buy-in with mission and business owners, and complete the evolution to results-focused architecture.

OMB is committed to working with agencies through the annual assessment and quarterly reporting process to successfully implement the EAAF v3.1. For more information on the quarterly reporting process, see Section 5 below.