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A Message from the CIO

The Information Resource Management (IRM) Bureau has developed an Information Technology Architecture (ITA) in compliance with the Information Technology Management Reform Act (ITMRA) of 1996 to help us manage the complexity of the IT environment and enable us to make the most of our IT investments. The ITA, which is based on the model adopted by the Federal CIO Council, is a framework to guide systems acquisition, development, and implementation.

This ITA will promote information sharing, encourage best practices, lower total cost of ownership, and give a consistent "look and feels" to systems throughout the Department. The ITA is derived from IRM's recently published paper entitled, Diplomacy for the 21st Century -- Information Technology Goals for the First Five Years, and supports the achievement of the five goals outlined in the vision paper.

This document was produced using color graphics that do not reproduce as well in black and white. Please request a black and white original from the IRM Architecture and Engineering Division (APR/IAP/AE). The ITA will soon be available on the Department's Intranet via the IRM Home Page.

The ITA is an evolutionary process. This document is structured to encourage focus on technical areas of interest to the Department. The Office of Information Architecture and Planning (IRM/APR/IAP) is developing a formal process for maintaining the ITA and linking it to Department IT planning and budgeting processes. As additional components of the ITA are published in final form, IRM will update the associated standards and list of approved products. The goal is for all Department systems to conform to applicable standards and use only accepted products. Part of the IT planning and budget review process for each technology project will include ensuring compliance with the ITA. Accordingly, it is vital that posts and bureaus continue to provide feedback to this and future architecture documents, so that the ITA reflects a broad-based consensus.

I am pleased to send you this important tool and I look forward to working with you to make it a vital part of the development and management of the Department's information technology.

 

Fernando Burbano

Chief Information Officer

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