Federal Transition Framework Usage Guide Version 1.0

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The Federal Transition Framework (FTF) provides clear and consistent information to describe government-wide IT policy objectives and cross-agency initiatives. Crossagency initiatives define shared services and standards for federal agencies or departments.

The FTF does not create IT policy. It provides a simple structure to organize and publish existing information to:

  • Enhance the quality and consistency of information on cross-agency initiatives
  • Increase the level and speed of adoption of cross-agency initiatives
  • Realize service improvements and cost savings by increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of IT investments and programs related to cross-agency initiatives.


Three documents are provided to describe the content and structure of the FTF and how it should be used:

  • FTF Usage Guide: Provides guidance to agency decision-makers and crossagency stakeholders on how to apply and extend the FTF. This is the first document you should read to learn about the FTF and how it should be used.
  • FTF Catalog: Provides a written description and information references for cross-agency initiatives included in the FTF.
  • FTF Meta-model Reference: Provides information on the internal structure of the FTF. This document is provided as a technical reference for architects.


The Usage Guide informs agency decision-makers on how to use the FTF to support an enterprise architecture (EA) program, and provides guidance to task forces and working groups, responsible for developing cross-agency initiative architecture, on how to develop work products that can be published in the FTF.

The Usage Guide is written for both a general audience and a technical audience. EA terms and concepts in the User Guide are defined in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) EA Assessment Framework and in the Line of Business (LOB) Concept of Operations (CONOPS). The current version of the OMB EA Assessment Framework is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/egov/a-2-EAAssessment.html and the LOB CONOPS is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/egov/e-5-documents.html.

The opening sections of the Usage Guide, Section 1 and Section 2, are written for a general audience. Section 1 provides an overview of the FTF package and provides information about this guide. Section 2 answers a number of common questions about the FTF:

  • What is the FTF?
  • Why is it important?
  • How is the FTF used?
  • What are the benefits?

Section 3 is written for agency decision makers (e.g., Chief Information Officers and Chief Architects) and cross-agency initiative stakeholders (e.g. LOB Managing Partners, Task Force Members and architects). The section describes usage scenarios for how to apply the FTF to align agency enterprise architecture, IT investments and IT programs with cross-agency initiatives, and also describes usage scenarios for the development of cross-agency initiative architecture.