CIO Council has 'practical guide'

Despite being legally required under the Clinger-Cohen Act to implement an enterprise architecture, few federal organizations have done so. Even in those that have put a framework in place, most are not maintained regularly or used for daily operations.

The CIO Council, which coordinates with the Office of Management and Budget on information technology issues, wants to change that by providing agencies with a guide to defining, maintaining and implementing an enterprise architecture.

"There is literally no federal guidance [on] how to successfully manage the process of creating, changing and using the enterprise architecture," according to the 60-page document, "A Practical Guide to Federal Enterprise Architecture."

"This guidance is crucially important," according to the document. "Without it, it is highly unlikely that an organization can successfully produce a complete and enforceable EA for optimizing its systems' business value and mission performance systems."

The document can be found on the CIO Council's Web site at www.itpolicy.gsa. gov/mke/archplus/ea_guide.doc.

About the Author

Christopher J. Dorobek is the co-anchor of Federal News Radio’s afternoon drive program, The Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, and the founder, publisher and editor of the, a leading blog for the Federal IT community.

Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with 16 years of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Dorobek was editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week, the leading news magazine for government IT decision-makers and the flagship of the 1105 Government Information Group portfolio of publications. As editor-in-chief, Dorobek served as a member of the senior leadership team at 1105 Government Information Group, providing daily editorial direction and management for FCW magazine,, Government Health IT and its other editorial products.

Dorobek joined FCW in 2001 as a senior reporter and assumed increasing responsibilities, becoming managing editor and executive editor before being named editor-in-chief in 2006. Prior to joining FCW, Dorobek was a technology reporter at, one of the first online community centers for current and former government employees. He also spent five years at Government Computer News, another leading industry publication, covering a variety of federal IT-related issues.

Dorobek is a frequent speaker on issues involving the government IT industry, and has appeared as a frequent contributor to NewsChannel 8’s Federal News Today program. He began his career as a reporter at the Foster’s Daily Democrat, a daily newspaper in Dover, N.H. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He lives in Washington, DC.


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