Organizational Transformation:

Enterprise Architecture Value Needs to Be Measured and Reported

GAO-12-791: Published: Sep 26, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2012.

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What GAO Found

Among the 27 agencies that GAO studied, all have fully or partially defined goals or purposes for their architectures, 11 have fully or partially established a method or metrics for measuring outcomes resulting from the use of their architectures, while 5 have fully or partially measured and reported outcomes and benefits.

Agencies cited a lack of guidance as a key reason why they have not established methods and metrics for measuring outcomes and benefits. Although the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued recent enterprise architecture guidance to agencies, OMB has not yet provided sufficient details on the method and metrics that could be used to measure architecture program outcomes.

Why GAO Did This Study

According to OMB, the federal executive branch plans to spend at least $75 billion on information technology (IT) investments in fiscal year 2012. In response to a statute which mandates that GAO identify duplicative activities within federal agencies, GAO previously identified enterprise architecture as a mechanism for reducing duplication and overlap in investments. An architecture is a "blueprint" that describes how an organization operates in terms of business processes and technology, how it intends to operate in the future, and how it plans to transition to the future state. Knowing whether architecture outcomes are being achieved requires defining the architecture's goals, establishing a method and metrics to measure architecture outcomes, and periodically measuring and reporting these outcomes. To assess agencies' use of architecture as a mechanism for reducing duplication and overlap, GAO committed to determine the extent to which agencies are measuring and reporting architecture outcomes and benefits. To do this, GAO reviewed relevant documentation from 27 major federal agencies, reviewed the results of a GAO survey on the benefits of using architecture, and interviewed agency officials.

What GAO Recommends

GAO is making recommendations to the agencies and OMB to improve measurement and reporting of architecture outcomes. In commenting on a draft of this report, OMB and most of the agencies generally agreed with the findings and recommendations.

For more information, contact Valerie C. Melvin at (202) 512-6304 or melvinv@gao.gov.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Open

    Comments: The Department of Homeland Security has yet to fully implement this recommendation. In March 2014 and May 2015, the department submitted its Enterprise Roadmap to the Office of Management and Budget, which included metrics associated with potential outcomes related to its enterprise architecture efforts, such as cost savings gained from consolidating systems and sharing services. However, as of May 2015, the department has yet to establish a documented method for measuring architecture outcomes.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should fully establish an approach for measuring enterprise architecture outcomes, including a documented method (i.e., steps to be followed) and metrics that are measurable, meaningful, repeatable, consistent, actionable, and aligned with the agency's enterprise architecture's strategic goals and intended purpose.

    Agency Affected: Department of Homeland Security

  2. Status: Open

    Comments: The Department of Agriculture has yet to fully implement this recommendation. In March 2015, the department included in its Enterprise Roadmap a metric to measure the change in the percentage of the department's investments that use shared services. However, as of June 2015, the department had not documented a method for measuring the metric. The Acting Deputy Associate Chief Information Officer stated that the department's enterprise architecture program was not at a level of maturity to establish an approach for measuring architecture outcomes. This official stated that the department is working to develop fundamental enterprise architecture artifacts before determining what to measure and how to measure it.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should fully establish an approach for measuring enterprise architecture outcomes, including a documented method (i.e., steps to be followed) and metrics that are measurable, meaningful, repeatable, consistent, actionable, and aligned with the agency's enterprise architecture's strategic goals and intended purpose.

    Agency Affected: Department of Agriculture

  3. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Department of Education has implemented this recommendation. We reported in September 2012 that the department had established a metric to measure the extent to which the ratio of spending on development, modernization, and enhancement increased relative to steady-state spending, through use of its enterprise architecture activities; however, we also reported that it had yet to establish a method to measure this metric. Since then, in its May 2014 Enterprise Modernization Roadmap, the Department documented the method used for measuring this metric.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should fully establish an approach for measuring enterprise architecture outcomes, including a documented method (i.e., steps to be followed) and metrics that are measurable, meaningful, repeatable, consistent, actionable, and aligned with the agency's enterprise architecture's strategic goals and intended purpose.

    Agency Affected: Department of Education

  4. Status: Open

    Comments: The Department of Commerce has yet to fully implement this recommendation. We reported in September 2012 that the department had established metrics to measure and report outcomes associated with its enterprise architecture program, such as information technology cost savings, but it had yet to establish a method (i.e. steps to be followed) for measuring. In June 2015, the department reported that it had developed a new set of metrics and approach, but the process was not well documented or mature. The department also noted that it will continue to enhance the approach and metrics, as resources and priorities allow.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should fully establish an approach for measuring enterprise architecture outcomes, including a documented method (i.e., steps to be followed) and metrics that are measurable, meaningful, repeatable, consistent, actionable, and aligned with the agency's enterprise architecture's strategic goals and intended purpose.

    Agency Affected: Department of Commerce

  5. Status: Open

    Comments: The Department of Defense has taken steps to address our recommendation. Specifically, the department identified potential metrics in its March 2014 Enterprise Roadmap, including a metric to measure the number of duplicate investments the enterprise architecture helped to identify. However, as of July 2015, the department has yet to establish a method for measuring the metric.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should fully establish an approach for measuring enterprise architecture outcomes, including a documented method (i.e., steps to be followed) and metrics that are measurable, meaningful, repeatable, consistent, actionable, and aligned with the agency's enterprise architecture's strategic goals and intended purpose.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

  6. Status: Open

    Comments: The Department of the Air Force has yet to implement this recommendation. However, in October 2015, the department developed a plan of actions and milestones to address elements of GAO's Enterprise Architecture Management Maturity Framework, including the element focused on measuring and reporting enterprise architecture outcomes, by June 2016.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should fully establish an approach for measuring enterprise architecture outcomes, including a documented method (i.e., steps to be followed) and metrics that are measurable, meaningful, repeatable, consistent, actionable, and aligned with the agency's enterprise architecture's strategic goals and intended purpose.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Air Force

  7. Status: Open

    Comments: The Department of the Navy has partially implemented this recommendation. Specifically, the department has established a metric to measure the percentage of server-based systems and applications that are virtualized annually. However, the department has yet to document the steps to be followed for measuring virtualization. In October 2015, Navy developed a plan of actions and milestones to address elements in GAO's Enterprise Architecture Management Maturity Framework, including the element focused on measuring and reporting enterprise architecture outcomes, by September 2017.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should fully establish an approach for measuring enterprise architecture outcomes, including a documented method (i.e., steps to be followed) and metrics that are measurable, meaningful, repeatable, consistent, actionable, and aligned with the agency's enterprise architecture's strategic goals and intended purpose.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Navy

  8. Status: Open

    Comments: The Department of the Army has taken steps to address this recommendation. Specifically, since we reported in September 2012 that one of the department's three segment architectures had established a metric and a method to measure architecture outcomes, one of the remaining segments has established metrics, but it has not documented the steps to measure the metrics. The other remaining segment has yet to establish metrics and a method to measure architecture outcomes. In September 2015, the Army developed a plan of actions and milestones to address elements of GAO's Enterprise Architecture Management Maturity Framework, including the element focused on measuring and reporting enterprise architecture outcomes, by September 2017.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should fully establish an approach for measuring enterprise architecture outcomes, including a documented method (i.e., steps to be followed) and metrics that are measurable, meaningful, repeatable, consistent, actionable, and aligned with the agency's enterprise architecture's strategic goals and intended purpose.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army

  9. Status: Open

    Comments: The Department of Energy has taken steps to implement this recommendation. In May 2013 and again in March 2014, it submitted its Enterprise Modernization Roadmap to the Office of Management and Budget, which included outcome metrics associated with enterprise architecture, such as cost savings and avoidance through system consolidation. However, as of July 2015, the department had yet to establish a documented method for measuring architecture outcomes.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should fully establish an approach for measuring enterprise architecture outcomes, including a documented method (i.e., steps to be followed) and metrics that are measurable, meaningful, repeatable, consistent, actionable, and aligned with the agency's enterprise architecture's strategic goals and intended purpose.

    Agency Affected: Department of Energy

  10. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Social Security Administration has implemented this recommendation. In November 2012, the agency established an approach, including a documented method and metric to measure information technology procurement cost savings attributed to enterprise architecture. Specifically, the agency documented its approach for measuring fiscal year 2012 architecture outcomes, which it used to measure fiscal year 2013 outcomes.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should fully establish an approach for measuring enterprise architecture outcomes, including a documented method (i.e., steps to be followed) and metrics that are measurable, meaningful, repeatable, consistent, actionable, and aligned with the agency's enterprise architecture's strategic goals and intended purpose.

    Agency Affected: Social Security Administration

  11. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Department of the Interior has addressed our recommendation. In February 2014, the Department submitted to the Office of Management and Budget its Enterprise Roadmap, which established architecture outcome metrics. For example, the roadmap included a metric associated with measuring the cost savings or avoidance achieved through the use of architecture planning and analysis. The department also provided its methodology for measuring this outcome.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should fully establish an approach for measuring enterprise architecture outcomes, including a documented method (i.e., steps to be followed) and metrics that are measurable, meaningful, repeatable, consistent, actionable, and aligned with the agency's enterprise architecture's strategic goals and intended purpose.

    Agency Affected: Department of the Interior

  12. Status: Open

    Comments: The Department of Justice has taken steps to implement our recommendation. In June 2014, the department submitted its Enterprise Roadmap to the Office of Management and Budget, which included metrics associated with the department's enterprise architecture (e.g., cost savings/avoidance gained through consolidated systems). However, as of September 2015, the department had not documented a method for measuring the metrics.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should fully establish an approach for measuring enterprise architecture outcomes, including a documented method (i.e., steps to be followed) and metrics that are measurable, meaningful, repeatable, consistent, actionable, and aligned with the agency's enterprise architecture's strategic goals and intended purpose.

    Agency Affected: Department of Justice

  13. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Department of Transportation has implemented our recommendation to establish an approach for measuring enterprise architecture outcomes. The Department's April 2013 Enterprise Architecture Value Measurement Plan described enterprise architecture metrics that it planned to adopt, such as how the architecture program contributes to cost savings or avoidance. The department approved the metrics in September 2014. In November 2015, the department subsequently identified its method of measuring how the enterprise architecture program has contributed to cost savings or avoidance from consolidating or sharing services.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should fully establish an approach for measuring enterprise architecture outcomes, including a documented method (i.e., steps to be followed) and metrics that are measurable, meaningful, repeatable, consistent, actionable, and aligned with the agency's enterprise architecture's strategic goals and intended purpose.

    Agency Affected: Department of Transportation

  14. Status: Open

    Comments: The Department of Labor has yet to fully implement this recommendation. In March 2014, it submitted its Enterprise Modernization Roadmap to the Office of Management and Budget, which included outcome metrics, such as cost savings and avoidance through system consolidation. However, as of September 2015, the department had yet to document the steps to be followed for measuring architecture outcomes.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should fully establish an approach for measuring enterprise architecture outcomes, including a documented method (i.e., steps to be followed) and metrics that are measurable, meaningful, repeatable, consistent, actionable, and aligned with the agency's enterprise architecture's strategic goals and intended purpose.

    Agency Affected: Department of Labor

  15. Status: Open

    Comments: The Department of the Treasury has yet to fully implement our recommendation. We reported in September 2012 that the department had established enterprise architecture metrics, but that it had yet to establish a methodology for measuring its architecture outcomes. In March 2014, the department submitted its Enterprise Roadmap to the Office of Management and Budget, which included new metrics associated with potential outcomes related to its architecture efforts, such as cost savings gained from consolidating systems and sharing services. However, as of June 2015, the department had not documented a method for measuring its architecture outcomes.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should fully establish an approach for measuring enterprise architecture outcomes, including a documented method (i.e., steps to be followed) and metrics that are measurable, meaningful, repeatable, consistent, actionable, and aligned with the agency's enterprise architecture's strategic goals and intended purpose.

    Agency Affected: Department of the Treasury

  16. Status: Open

    Comments: The Department of Veterans Affairs has yet to implement this recommendation. The department has developed an Enterprise Architecture Performance Measurement Framework and established metrics to measure architecture completeness and architecture usage in department decision processes. However, the department has yet to establish metrics to measure outcomes, such as cost savings, associated with its enterprise architecture.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should fully establish an approach for measuring enterprise architecture outcomes, including a documented method (i.e., steps to be followed) and metrics that are measurable, meaningful, repeatable, consistent, actionable, and aligned with the agency's enterprise architecture's strategic goals and intended purpose.

    Agency Affected: Department of Veterans Affairs

  17. Status: Open

    Comments: The Department of State has yet to implement this recommendation. According to the department's Information Resource Management GAO liaison, as of July 2015, the Office of the Chief Architect was developing and documenting the department's enterprise architecture program, and planned to develop appropriate metrics. However, the department did not provide a timeframe for completing these steps.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should fully establish an approach for measuring enterprise architecture outcomes, including a documented method (i.e., steps to be followed) and metrics that are measurable, meaningful, repeatable, consistent, actionable, and aligned with the agency's enterprise architecture's strategic goals and intended purpose.

    Agency Affected: Department of State

  18. Status: Open

    Comments: The Environmental Protection Agency has not addressed this recommendation. In March 2014, the agency submitted its Enterprise Roadmap to the Office of Management and Budget, which included metrics associated with potential outcomes related to its enterprise architecture efforts, such as cost savings gained from consolidating and sharing services. However, as of September 2015, it had not established steps to be followed for measuring architecture outcomes. Furthermore, its Enterprise Roadmap, updated in May 2015, no longer included metrics for measuring architecture outcomes

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should fully establish an approach for measuring enterprise architecture outcomes, including a documented method (i.e., steps to be followed) and metrics that are measurable, meaningful, repeatable, consistent, actionable, and aligned with the agency's enterprise architecture's strategic goals and intended purpose.

    Agency Affected: Environmental Protection Agency

  19. Status: Open

    Comments: The General Services Administration has yet to fully implement this recommendation. We reported in September 2012 that the agency had established metrics but not a method for measuring enterprise architecture outcomes and benefits. As of June 2015, it had yet to establish a method for measuring the outcomes. The agency's Enterprise Architecture and Planning Office stated that the agency plans to refine its cost savings/avoidance data collection process to more reliably and accurately measure enterprise architecture outcomes.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should fully establish an approach for measuring enterprise architecture outcomes, including a documented method (i.e., steps to be followed) and metrics that are measurable, meaningful, repeatable, consistent, actionable, and aligned with the agency's enterprise architecture's strategic goals and intended purpose.

    Agency Affected: General Services Administration

  20. Status: Open

    Comments: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has taken steps to implement this recommendation. NASA's Enterprise Architecture Procedures, approved in December 2013, state that key enterprise architecture metrics, such as cost savings and reduction of duplication, will be established. The procedures also state that NASA's Chief Architect will work with internal and external stakeholders to develop and mature metrics that provide information on enterprise architecture benefits and clearly illustrate progress or deficiencies in key areas. However, enterprise architecture outcome metrics have not been established. In June 2015, NASA officials stated that the NASA Chief Enterprise Architect planned to investigate indicators to guide, validate, and demonstrate architecture effectiveness.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should fully establish an approach for measuring enterprise architecture outcomes, including a documented method (i.e., steps to be followed) and metrics that are measurable, meaningful, repeatable, consistent, actionable, and aligned with the agency's enterprise architecture's strategic goals and intended purpose.

    Agency Affected: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  21. Status: Open

    Comments: The National Science Foundation has not implemented this recommendation. In May 2015, the agency submitted to the Office of Management and Budget its Enterprise Roadmap, which included metrics associated with the agency's enterprise architecture efforts, such as the number of investments that have been reviewed by the architecture team. However, according to the roadmap, the agency does not currently intend to establish metrics to measure outcomes such as cost savings or avoidance or reduction in duplication.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should fully establish an approach for measuring enterprise architecture outcomes, including a documented method (i.e., steps to be followed) and metrics that are measurable, meaningful, repeatable, consistent, actionable, and aligned with the agency's enterprise architecture's strategic goals and intended purpose.

    Agency Affected: National Science Foundation

  22. Status: Open

    Comments: The Small Business Administration has taken steps to implement our recommendation. In April 2014 and May 2015, it submitted to the Office of Management and Budget its Enterprise Roadmap, which included metrics associated with the agency's enterprise architecture, such as cost savings gained from consolidating systems. However, the agency has yet to document the steps to be followed for measuring architecture outcomes.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should fully establish an approach for measuring enterprise architecture outcomes, including a documented method (i.e., steps to be followed) and metrics that are measurable, meaningful, repeatable, consistent, actionable, and aligned with the agency's enterprise architecture's strategic goals and intended purpose.

    Agency Affected: Small Business Administration

  23. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) implemented our recommendation. NRC issued an Information Technology/Information Management Enterprise Roadmap in May 2015, which included metrics to measure enterprise architecture benefits. Specifically, the roadmap included a metric to measure the level at which investments are meeting or are expected to meet intended benefits as a result of using enterprise architecture. The agency also demonstrated that it has established a documented methodology to measure this metric.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should fully establish an approach for measuring enterprise architecture outcomes, including a documented method (i.e., steps to be followed) and metrics that are measurable, meaningful, repeatable, consistent, actionable, and aligned with the agency's enterprise architecture's strategic goals and intended purpose.

    Agency Affected: Nuclear Regulatory Commission

  24. Status: Open

    Comments: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has yet to fully implement this recommendation. In September 2012, we reported that OPM had established a metric to measure enterprise architecture results and outcomes, but it had not established the steps needed to determine them. In October 2015, the agency's Office of Internal Oversight and Compliance stated that the agency was developing an approach for measuring architecture outcomes for implementation in fiscal year 2016.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should fully establish an approach for measuring enterprise architecture outcomes, including a documented method (i.e., steps to be followed) and metrics that are measurable, meaningful, repeatable, consistent, actionable, and aligned with the agency's enterprise architecture's strategic goals and intended purpose.

    Agency Affected: Office of Personnel Management

  25. Status: Open

    Comments: The Department of Homeland Security has yet to fully implement this recommendation. The department has periodically reported to the Office of Management and Budget outcomes attributed to its enterprise architecture, such as cost savings gained through system consolidation. However, the department did not reliably measure the outcomes. More specifically, it has not yet established a method to calculate the savings.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should periodically measure and report enterprise architecture outcomes and benefits to top agency officials (i.e., executives with authority to commit resources or make changes to the program) and to OMB.

    Agency Affected: Department of Homeland Security

  26. Status: Open

    Comments: The Department of Agriculture has yet to implement this recommendation. In June 2015, the Acting Deputy Associate Chief Information Officer stated that the department was developing enterprise architecture goals and intended to develop an approach for measuring architecture outcomes. Once this is accomplished, this official stated that the department will regularly measure and report architecture outcomes and benefits to top department officials and to the Office of Management and Budget.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should periodically measure and report enterprise architecture outcomes and benefits to top agency officials (i.e., executives with authority to commit resources or make changes to the program) and to OMB.

    Agency Affected: Department of Agriculture

  27. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Department of Education has implemented this recommendation. We reported in September 2012 that the department had reported an architecture outcome in its October 2011 Office of the Chief Information Officer Organization Performance report. Specifically, the department had reported that the ratio of development, modernization and enhancement (DME)spending to steady state spending had increased from 10 percent of total information technology (IT) spending in fiscal year 2011 to 13 percent of total IT spending in fiscal year 2012 as a result of its architecture activities. However, we also reported that the department had yet to periodically (i.e., repeatedly) measure and report the metric. Since then, the department reported to top agency officials at an August 2013 Investment Review Board meeting and in its May 2013 draft Enterprise Roadmap submission to the Office of Management and Budget that the department had achieved its DME spending target of 17 percent.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should periodically measure and report enterprise architecture outcomes and benefits to top agency officials (i.e., executives with authority to commit resources or make changes to the program) and to OMB.

    Agency Affected: Department of Education

  28. Status: Open

    Comments: The Department of Commerce has yet to fully implement this recommendation. In November 2012, the department reported architecture outcomes, such as IT cost savings, to top agency officials. However, as of June 2015, the department had yet to periodically report architecture outcomes to top agency officials and to the Office of Management and Budget.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should periodically measure and report enterprise architecture outcomes and benefits to top agency officials (i.e., executives with authority to commit resources or make changes to the program) and to OMB.

    Agency Affected: Department of Commerce

  29. Status: Open

    Comments: The Department of Defense has yet to implement this recommendation. As of July 2015, it had yet to establish a method for measuring and reporting architecture value.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should periodically measure and report enterprise architecture outcomes and benefits to top agency officials (i.e., executives with authority to commit resources or make changes to the program) and to OMB.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

  30. Status: Open

    Comments: The Department of the Air Force has yet to implement this recommendation. However, in October 2015, the department developed a plan of actions and milestones to address elements of GAO's Enterprise Architecture Management Maturity Framework, including the element focused on measuring and reporting enterprise architecture outcomes, by June 2016.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should periodically measure and report enterprise architecture outcomes and benefits to top agency officials (i.e., executives with authority to commit resources or make changes to the program) and to OMB.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Air Force

  31. Status: Open

    Comments: The Department of the Navy has not yet implemented this recommendation. However, in October 2015, the Navy developed a plan of actions and milestones to address elements in GAO's Enterprise Architecture Management Maturity Framework, including the element focused on measuring and reporting enterprise architecture results and outcomes by September, 2017.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should periodically measure and report enterprise architecture outcomes and benefits to top agency officials (i.e., executives with authority to commit resources or make changes to the program) and to OMB.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Navy

  32. Status: Open

    Comments: The Department of the Army has taken steps to implement the recommendation. Specifically, regarding the Generating Force segment (now known as the Business Mission Area segment), in December 2013, the Under Secretary of the Army issued an Army Business Management Strategy, which reported that 59 systems were retired in 2013 through use of enterprise architecture. In its May 2014 briefing to the Defense Business Council, the Army reported the number of business systems that were retired using enterprise architecture during 2014, and the cost savings associated with the retirements, demonstrating that the Business Mission Area had periodically reported architecture benefits to top agency officials. However, the Network and Operating Force segments have yet to report enterprise architecture outcomes. In September 2015, the Army developed a plan of actions and milestones to address elements of GAO's Enterprise Architecture Management Maturity Framework, including the element focused on measuring and reporting enterprise architecture outcomes, by September 2017.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should periodically measure and report enterprise architecture outcomes and benefits to top agency officials (i.e., executives with authority to commit resources or make changes to the program) and to OMB.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army

  33. Status: Open

    Comments: The Department of Energy has yet to implement the recommendation. The department reported in its March 2014 Enterprise Roadmap that one of its components achieved cost savings through system consolidation, which it attributed to its enterprise architecture. However, the department did not demonstrate that these cost savings were calculated using an established method. In July 2015, the Office of the Chief Information Officer reported that the department had not taken any additional actions to implement this recommendation.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should periodically measure and report enterprise architecture outcomes and benefits to top agency officials (i.e., executives with authority to commit resources or make changes to the program) and to OMB.

    Agency Affected: Department of Energy

  34. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Social Security Administration has implemented this recommendation. In November 2012, the agency issued a report on fiscal year 2012 architecture outcomes and benefits, and again in November 2013 on fiscal year 2013 architecture outcomes and benefits, to its Chief Information Officer. The outcomes were associated with consolidating hardware requirements and bundling purchases. In the agency's March 2014 Enterprise Roadmap submitted to the Office of Management and Budget, the agency's Chief Information Officer reported cost savings associated with its architecture efforts.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should periodically measure and report enterprise architecture outcomes and benefits to top agency officials (i.e., executives with authority to commit resources or make changes to the program) and to OMB.

    Agency Affected: Social Security Administration

  35. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Department of the Interior has addressed this recommendation. Specifically, the department's Chief Financial Officer submitted the department's February 2014 Enterprise Roadmap to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which reported $8.7 million in fiscal year 2013 cost savings as a result of enterprise architecture efforts. In addition, the department measured and reported on four key metrics, including the number of legacy investments identified for retirement resulting from architecture planning and analysis. Specifically, the department measured and reported these metrics in December 2014 and May 2015, relative to baseline and targets, and reported them in its May 2015 Enterprise Roadmap, submitted to OMB. The Director of IT Planning and Portfolio Management stated that the department's Chief Information Officer has authority to commit resources and make changes to the architecture program, and reviewed the measurements before they were delivered to OMB.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should periodically measure and report enterprise architecture outcomes and benefits to top agency officials (i.e., executives with authority to commit resources or make changes to the program) and to OMB.

    Agency Affected: Department of the Interior

  36. Status: Open

    Comments: The Department of Justice has yet to implement our recommendation. Although the department has reported cost savings through use of its enterprise architecture, the department did not demonstrate that it had reliably measured the savings. Specifically, it has yet to document the steps used to measure the cost savings.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should periodically measure and report enterprise architecture outcomes and benefits to top agency officials (i.e., executives with authority to commit resources or make changes to the program) and to OMB.

    Agency Affected: Department of Justice

  37. Status: Open

    Comments: The Department of Transportation has taken steps to implement our recommendation. In November 2015, the department measured how the architecture program has contributed to cost savings. Specifically, the Department's Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer approved a November 2015 Enterprise Architecture Metrics Report that reported about $2 million in architecture-related cost savings by measuring the cost of operating or maintaining applications, systems, or infrastructure components that were removed from service. The report also stated that the metric will be used as a baseline for measurement in future years. In addition, the department is expected to report architecture value as part of its Enterprise Roadmap submission that is due to the Office of Management and Budget in May 2016.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should periodically measure and report enterprise architecture outcomes and benefits to top agency officials (i.e., executives with authority to commit resources or make changes to the program) and to OMB.

    Agency Affected: Department of Transportation

  38. Status: Open

    Comments: The Department of Labor has yet to implement the recommendation. As of September 2015, the department had yet to measure and report enterprise architecture outcomes.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should periodically measure and report enterprise architecture outcomes and benefits to top agency officials (i.e., executives with authority to commit resources or make changes to the program) and to OMB.

    Agency Affected: Department of Labor

  39. Status: Open

    Comments: The Department of the Treasury has yet to fully implement this recommendation. We reported in September 2012 that the department had reported architecture outcomes; however the metrics had yet to be periodically measured and reported. In March 2014, the department submitted its Information Technology Enterprise Roadmap, which reported architecture outcomes, to the Office of Management and Budget. However, the department has not demonstrated that it reliably measured the outcomes. Specifically, the department has not documented steps to be followed to measure the outcomes.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should periodically measure and report enterprise architecture outcomes and benefits to top agency officials (i.e., executives with authority to commit resources or make changes to the program) and to OMB.

    Agency Affected: Department of the Treasury

  40. Status: Open

    Comments: The Department of Veterans Affairs has not yet implemented this recommendation. Specifically, the department has yet to establish metrics for measuring architecture outcomes.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should periodically measure and report enterprise architecture outcomes and benefits to top agency officials (i.e., executives with authority to commit resources or make changes to the program) and to OMB.

    Agency Affected: Department of Veterans Affairs

  41. Status: Open

    Comments: The Department of State has yet to implement our recommendation. As of July 2015, the Office of the Chief Architect was in the process of developing and documenting the department's enterprise architecture program; however, it had yet to develop appropriate metrics to measure and report architecture outcomes.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should periodically measure and report enterprise architecture outcomes and benefits to top agency officials (i.e., executives with authority to commit resources or make changes to the program) and to OMB.

    Agency Affected: Department of State

  42. Status: Open

    Comments: The Environmental Protection Agency has yet to implement this recommendation. The agency submitted to the Office of Management and Budget its March 2014 Enterprise Roadmap, which identified outcomes associated with its enterprise architecture efforts. For example, the agency reported cost savings achieved in fiscal year 2013 related to consolidating and sharing services. However, the agency did not demonstrate that it reliably measured the outcome. Specifically, the department has not established a documented method to measure architecture-related outcomes. Further, according to its May 2015 Enterprise Roadmap, the agency does not currently plan to measure architecture-related outcomes, such as cost savings and avoidance related to consolidating and sharing services.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should periodically measure and report enterprise architecture outcomes and benefits to top agency officials (i.e., executives with authority to commit resources or make changes to the program) and to OMB.

    Agency Affected: Environmental Protection Agency

  43. Status: Open

    Comments: The General Services Administration (GSA) has not yet implemented this recommendation. Specifically, the agency has yet to establish a method to reliably measure enterprise architecture outcomes. In June 2015, GSA's Enterprise Architecture and Planning Office stated that it plans to refine its cost savings/avoidance data collection process to reliably and accurately measure its architecture outcomes and provide the cost savings avoidance data in the next release of its Enterprise Roadmap.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should periodically measure and report enterprise architecture outcomes and benefits to top agency officials (i.e., executives with authority to commit resources or make changes to the program) and to OMB.

    Agency Affected: General Services Administration

  44. Status: Open

    Comments: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has not yet implemented this recommendation. According to the agency's December 2013 Enterprise Architecture Procedural Requirement, NASA's Chief Enterprise Architect will track results related to its enterprise architecture efforts and, at least annually, review the outcomes with the Chief Information Officer to communicate results and feedback in order to improve the enterprise architecture program as well as the investment process. However, metrics associated with potential outcomes related to its enterprise architecture efforts, which would inform such reporting, have not yet been developed.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should periodically measure and report enterprise architecture outcomes and benefits to top agency officials (i.e., executives with authority to commit resources or make changes to the program) and to OMB.

    Agency Affected: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  45. Status: Open

    Comments: The National Science Foundation has not implemented this recommendation. According to its May 2015 Enterprise Roadmap, the agency does not currently intend to measure enterprise architecture outcomes.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should periodically measure and report enterprise architecture outcomes and benefits to top agency officials (i.e., executives with authority to commit resources or make changes to the program) and to OMB.

    Agency Affected: National Science Foundation

  46. Status: Open

    Comments: The Small Business Administration (SBA) has not yet implemented this recommendation. In May 2015, SBA submitted to the Office of Management and Budget its Enterprise Roadmap, which included metrics associated with potential outcomes related to its enterprise architecture efforts. However, the agency has not yet measured outcomes. Nevertheless, according to the agency's roadmap, SBA expects to achieve savings in fiscal year 2016 related to consolidating servers and increasing use of shared services.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should periodically measure and report enterprise architecture outcomes and benefits to top agency officials (i.e., executives with authority to commit resources or make changes to the program) and to OMB.

    Agency Affected: Small Business Administration

  47. Status: Open

    Comments: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has begun to take action to implement our recommendation. Specifically, in May 2015, it issued an Information Technology/Information Management Enterprise Roadmap which identified NRC enterprise architecture outcomes and benefits. The roadmap reported this information to NRC top agency officials and the Office of Management and Budget. However, this was the first year that the agency reported such information; it has not yet reported it periodically.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should periodically measure and report enterprise architecture outcomes and benefits to top agency officials (i.e., executives with authority to commit resources or make changes to the program) and to OMB.

    Agency Affected: Nuclear Regulatory Commission

  48. Status: Open

    Comments: The Office of Personnel Management has yet to implement this recommendation. In September 2012, we reported that agency officials stated that cost savings related to use of its enterprise architecture had been reported to the Chief Information Officer, but that officials had not provided documentation to support that the cost savings had been reliably measured. In October 2015, the agency's Office of Internal Oversight and Compliance stated that the agency was developing an approach for measuring architecture outcomes for implementation in fiscal year 2016.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, the Air Force, the Army, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, the Interior, Labor, the Navy, State, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Attorney General; the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Small Business Administration; the Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Social Security Administration; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation and the Office of Personnel Management should periodically measure and report enterprise architecture outcomes and benefits to top agency officials (i.e., executives with authority to commit resources or make changes to the program) and to OMB.

    Agency Affected: Office of Personnel Management

  49. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Department of Housing and Urban Development has fully implemented our recommendation. Specifically, since it reported outcomes for 2011, the department has measured architecture outcomes and reported them again to an agency executive committee, as well as to the Office of Management and Budget. For example, it reported progress in reducing the number of technology products that duplicate existing capabilities through use of its architecture. According to agency officials, the department's Chief Information Officer reviewed and approved the report in April 2013 and an executive committee reviewed the architecture outcomes before they were submitted to the Office of Management and Budget in May 2013.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Health and Human Services and Housing and Urban Development should ensure that enterprise architecture outcomes are periodically measured and reported to top agency officials.

    Agency Affected: Department of Housing and Urban Development

  50. Status: Open

    Comments: The Department of Health and Human Services has yet to implement this recommendation. Specifically, the department reported architecture results to its Chief Information Officer in November 2010, but as of October 2015, it had yet to measure and report them to top agency officials again.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, the Secretaries of the Departments of Health and Human Services and Housing and Urban Development should ensure that enterprise architecture outcomes are periodically measured and reported to top agency officials.

    Agency Affected: Department of Health and Human Services

  51. Status: Open

    Comments: The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has taken steps to address our recommendation. In March 2013, the office required agencies to submit annually an Enterprise Roadmap, which is to include an appendix on enterprise architecture outcomes. To prepare the appendix, the office provided agencies a template to document architecture metrics and measurement methods. Among other things, the template included examples of outcome metrics and a field where agencies are to document measurement methods. However, OMB has not provided details on the methods that agencies could use to measure architecture outcomes or required that agencies include the steps to be followed for measuring in their enterprise roadmap submissions or to be otherwise documented elsewhere. In December 2015, OMB stated that it continues to agree that measuring the value of enterprise architecture is important and that it plans to provide guidance and a format for agencies to use to report architecture value in their next enterprise roadmap submissions, which are due to OMB in May 2016.

    Recommendation: To enhance federal agencies' ability to realize enterprise architecture benefits, and to assist agencies in measuring and reporting outcomes achieved through enterprise architecture, the Director of OMB should ensure that the planned December 2012 guidance for enterprise architecture value measurement and reporting includes (1) sufficient details on the method and metrics that agencies could use to measure their architecture program's value and (2) a requirement for agencies to include in their April 2013 enterprise roadmap submissions a measurement method (i.e., steps to be followed) and metrics, and report on the outcomes and benefits achieved through enterprise architecture.

    Agency Affected: Executive Office of the President: Office of Management and Budget

 

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