FBI making improvements on architecture, more work needed

A new report from the General Accounting Office finds that the FBI's work on an enterprise architecture is light years ahead of where it was a few years ago, but still falls short of a fully operational enterprise architecture, Federal Computer Week reports.

A new report from the General Accounting Office finds that the FBI's work on an enterprise architecture is light years ahead of where it was a few years ago, but still falls short of a fully operational enterprise architecture, Federal Computer Week reports.

The FBI has completed 15 of the 31 conditions GAO uses to gauge the effectiveness of agency architectures, including most of the stage two requirements and all of the stage three requirements. In the GAO framework, stage five signifies the most mature phase, when agencies are using enterprise architectures to manage change.

Agencies achieve a stage two ranking when they are building the management foundations for an enterprise architecture. A stage three ranking is for when they are developing architecture products, such as documenting the current state of the enterprise and developing a plan for achieving a more rationalized future.

 

 The bureau still needs to reach stages four and five to have a fully operational architecture. The GAO also recommended changing the nature of their agreement with vendors to performance-based.

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