THE BUSINESS REFERENCE MODEL VERSION 1.O†
A Foundation for Government-wide Improvement†
E-Government is one of the five key components of the President’s Management Agenda because of its importance in facilitating a more responsive and effective Government. To achieve the President’s objectives, the federal government must derive more productivity from its IT spending, currently more than $50 billion. A cornerstone to success is the development of a Federal enterprise architecture that enables agencies to derive maximum benefit from applying IT to their missions.
In February 2002, I directed the creation of a Federal Enterprise Architecture Program Management Office to begin developing a comprehensive, business-driven blueprint for modernizing the Federal government. The Federal EA will serve to inform executive-level decision-making and allow for increased collaboration and resource sharing across agencies.
I am pleased to unveil today the foundational layer of the Federal Enterprise Architecture – the Business Reference Model (version 1.0). The Model provides an integrated view of the Federal Government’s business, detailing activities that agencies perform to achieve each mission and function. With this foundation, government executives can look strategically at Federal business operations and understand the gaps, overlaps, and opportunities. The Business Reference Model provides OMB and the Agencies with an invaluable new tool for improving the business of government – it is a quantum leap forward for the Federal Government.
The Federal Enterprise Architecture is being constructed through a series of “reference models” designed to facilitate cross-agency analysis and improvement. The Business Reference Model serves as the foundation for the other reference models that will be published in the future – the Performance Reference Model, Data Reference Model, Application-Capability Reference Model, and the Technical Reference Model. As the federal architecture effort continues to mature, we will be able to make significant progress across the President’s Management Agenda and improve the government’s investment in IT resources, human capital, and facilities, enabling performance-based budgeting decisions.
The Business Reference Model has been validated by Federal agencies and is being stored in an automated tool to ensure its accessibility, usability, and currency. Completion of the initial iteration of the Federal Enterprise Architecture will provide the foundation to ensure that the Federal Government is cost effective and responsive to the needs of its citizens. Agencies should take maximum advantage of this work in their strategic performance improvement efforts. I am proud of this significant first step, I thank the Agencies for their support, and I look forward to the finalization of related models of the Federal Enterprise Architecture in the upcoming months.
Mark A. Forman