Last month the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released the “Interim Instruction Guide for Quarter 4 FY2009,” providing guidance for FY09 Quarter 4 Enterprise Architecture Segment Report (EASR) updates and Exhibit 53 preparation. The document also establishes the new Federal Standard Segment Strategy. According to OMB, the full EASR Instruction Guide and the Enterprise Architecture Assessment Framework (EAAF) will be updated in time for FY10 Quarter 1 activities.
EASRs and Exhibit 53 Segment and Primary BRM Coding
For EA Segment Reports, Agencies must update the EASR Segment Identification and Segment Performance sections. All segments must have an updated Segment Identification section and only Complete and In-Progress segments must have an updated Segment Performance section. Agencies do not need to update the former EASR “Mappings,” “Transition,” and “Reuse” sections. Using data gathered on September 18th, the content of these sections will be consolidated into a new Investment Details section. In Quarter 1 of FY10, OMB will issue instructions to complete this section. The new section is focused on data at the individual investment level. Among other fields, this section includes the Service Reference Model/Technology Reference Model (SRM/TRM) tables from the Exhibit 300s.
Each agency’s budget Exhibit 53 must include a Segment Code and a primary FEA Business Reference Model (BRM) line of business and sub-function for each IT investment on the report. Beginning this reporting period, agencies must indicate within each Exhibit 53 IT investment’s Segment Code if an IT investment aligns with a developing cross-federal “standard segment.”
Federal Standard Segments Strategy
As a first step toward developing shared target architectures among federal agencies, OMB has developed a Federal Standard Segments Strategy. OMB established an initial set of “standard target segments.” These segments relate directly to a high priority or high-interest category of expenditure across the Federal government. Based on consultation with Federal architects and subject-matter experts convened by the CIO Council, OMB identified a set of areas and established standard definitions of those areas to be applied consistently across each agency.
The standard segments include: IT Infrastructure, IT Management, Information Security, Information Sharing, Information Management and Dissemination, Identity Credential and Access Management, Geospatial Services, Health: Access to Care, Health: Consumer Empowerment, Health: Health Care Administration, Health: Health Care Delivery Services, Health: Health Care Research and Practitioner Education, Health: Population Health Management and Consumer Safety, Financial Management, Budget Formulation and Execution, Human Resources Management, Acquisition and Grant Management.
By putting into place processes that guarantee a coherent connection on the Exhibit 53 between every IT investment and each agency segment, relevant standard target segments, and appropriate primary BRM mapping, the government can more effectively realize the potential of the federal IT portfolio to provide effective and efficient citizen facing services.