FY06 FEA Additional Instructions

OMB - Office of E-Gov & IT - FEAPMO


The Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA) is a business and performance-based framework to support cross-agency collaboration, transformation, and government-wide improvement. It provides OMB and federal agencies with a common way of describing, analyzing, and improving the federal government and its ability to serve the citizen. The FEA is a common language and set of reference models. It is used to represent and correlate important business and performance elements of an organization with the supporting technology and data/information necessary to support the organization.

An organization reflects its use of the FEA (“aligns” to the FEA) when it consistently refers to this taxonomy as a means by which the investment’s contribution towards mission results is described as part of the agency's IT investment decision-making process. The FEA was designed to improve the ability of agencies to identify opportunities for sharing/collaboration and performance metrics used in achieving program performance objectives.

OMB uses the information reported via Circular A-11, Exhibits 53 and 300, to assist with the budget decisions and draw conclusions about whether the agency’s planning, acquisition, management, and use of capital assets (investments) are consistent with OMB policy and guidance. Therefore, it is critical that agencies accurately map their IT investments to the FEA reference models to support federal agencies in identifying potential opportunities to collaborate and eliminate redundant spending.

Organization of the Document

The FEA Additional Instructions document provides an overview of key concepts, suggested process steps, and helpful hints for addressing the A-11 requirements. The document is organized according to the following sections:

Section 1: Introduction: provides an overview at a high level.

Section 2: Summary of FEA-Related A-11 Requirements: describes the A-11 requirements that project managers and/or senior analysts must address when completing the OMB Exhibit 300 justification for major investments.

Section 3: FEA-Related Exhibit 53 Requirements: provides a step-by-step process for accurately identifying the primary BRM mapping and generating the Unique Project ID for investments. Also provides information on the A-11 reporting requirements for the five LoB initiatives and related PMA E-Gov initiatives. Also clarifies the requirements for agency EA submissions.

Section 4: Information Resources Management (IRM) Strategic Plan Addendum Requirements : assists agencies on demonstrating alignment between IT investments, agency programs, and PART for the IRM addendum as requested in the “Information Technology Budget Submissions for FY06” memo.

Section 5: FEA-Related Exhibit 300 Requirements: provides the A-11 requirements, key concepts, process steps, examples and helpful hints to support agencies in mapping IT investments to the FEA BRM, PRM, SRM, and TRM. This section also includes the data enhancing opportunities.

Appendix: FY06 BRM Values & Codes: provides the numbering schema for the Business Areas, Lines of Business and Sub-functions that agencies must use to complete the Unique Project ID for the FY06 budget process.