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Subject: FEA Data Reference Model (DRM) 2.0 Now Final

Hi All,


I am happy to announce that the FEA Data Reference Model (DRM), which has been in process since February 2005, was released publicly as final yesterday by the U.S. Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget (OMB[1]). Its release was originally thought to be delayed until 4-6 more weeks, but OMB surprised us (the DRM 2.0 initiative) by releasing it yesterday as final, with no updates requested. The biggest change since the last draft is the addition of guidance for federal agencies on how to use (implement) the DRM. I have been supporting this initiative since it began.


This reference model, part of the U.S. Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA), was developed in conjunction with a 124-member Working Group comprised of 30 U.S. federal agencies in all 3 primary areas of government (civil, defense, and intelligence). The primary purpose of the DRM is “to enable information sharing and reuse across the federal government via the standard description and discovery of common data and the promotion of uniform data management practices.”.


A data management strategy is also in process, and its release is planned for early 2006. An updated draft DRM XML Schema is also in process (I have just released a draft for internal review by a subgroup of the DRM initiative), and should be available publicly in early 2006.


If you have any questions on this document, please let me know.


Happy Holidays!



[1] http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/egov/documents/DRM_2_0_Final.pdf


Kind Regards,

Joseph Chiusano
Booz Allen Hamilton
700 13th St. NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005
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