Federal Manager's Daily Report

Agencies are making only limited progress in managing their

enterprise architectures (the blueprint for how they plan


to modernize), the General Accounting Office has said

following a comparison of survey results from 2001 and 2003,

using a five-stage framework to assess the relative maturity

of an agency’s EA management program.

Even though a few agencies reached stage three and the

Executive Office of the President is at stage five, not

much changed from 2001 to 2003, said GAO, citing a limited

understanding of EA among agency executives as well as a

scarcity of skilled architecture staff as problems.

The Office of Management and Budget has also been working

to get agencies to prioritize EAs, said GAO, by collecting

and analyzing the EAs of major departments and requiring

big IT investments to comply with them. It also said OMB

has begun to require agency EAs to be mapped to those of a

general, government wide EA as part of the budget review

process, but noted that a significant portion of agencies

were dissatisfied with OMB’s efforts.

GAO said EA improvement is needed to increase the government’s

ability to effectively invest in IT.