Mr. Chairman and members of the Subcommittee, thank you for inviting me to appear before you today to discuss progress being made by OMB and federal agencies in developing and implementing enterprise architectures. As you may know, the Council for Excellence in Government is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization that has been dedicated for more than 20 years to helping government improve the quality of its performance and to increase the public’s participation and confidence in government. We work to catalyze reform in government by providing forums for citizen engagement and building bridges between industry best practices and the desired goal of high performance government. We applaud the work of this Subcommittee and your leadership in providing essential congressional oversight focused on the measured progress that OMB and the agencies are making in using technology to enable high quality and cost effective services to the public. As demonstrated by our regular national public opinion polls and most recently our Homeland Security town halls around the country, citizens want government that is accountable, convenient, easy to navigate, and accessible. The Federal Enterprise Architecture developed by OMB over the last two years is an essential element in defining and providing streamlined and simplified government to the American public. In its simplest form, the FEA is comprised of five basic reference models that focus on: • Defining functional lines of business that describe the business operations of the federal government independent of the agencies that perform the
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