Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework (FEA)

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A Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA) is the Enterprise Architecture of the federal government. It provides a common approach for the integration of strategic, business and technology management as part of organization design and performance improvement.[1]


FEA Framework v 1.1[2]
The FEAF describes eight components of an enterprise architecture:

  • Architecture Drivers
  • Strategic Direction
  • Current Architecture
  • Target Architecture
  • Transitional Processes
  • Architectural Segments
  • Architectural Models
  • Standards

The FEAF also provides direction for establishing "Federal segments", which are cross-agency business areas (such as international trade, grants, common patient records) that transcend federal agency boundaries. These federal architectural segments collectively constitute the Federal Enterprise Architecture. The FEAF partitions a given architecture into business, data, applications, and technology architectures, as shown in the following figure. The FEAF currently includes the first three columns of the Zachman Framework and the Spewak Enterprise Architecture Planning (EAP) methodology.


Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework
source: CIO Council


FEA Framework v2[3]
The Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework v2 describes a suite of tools to help government planners implement the Common Approach. At its core is the [Consolidated-Reference-Model-CRM|Consolidated Reference Model (CRM)], which equips OMB and Federal agencies with a common language and framework to describe and analyze investments. It consists of a set of interrelated “reference models” that describe the six sub-architecture domains in the framework:

  • Strategy
  • Business
  • Data
  • Applications
  • Infrastructure
  • Security

These are designed to facilitate cross-agency analysis and the identification of duplicative investments, gaps and opportunities for collaboration within and across agencies. Also, by applying all six reference models, agencies can establish a line of sight from the strategic goals at the highest organizational level to the software and hardware infrastructure that enable achievement of those goals. Collectively, the reference models comprise a framework for describing important elements of federal agency operations in a common and consistent way.


See Also

Enterprise Architecture
Enterprise Architecture Framework
Enterprise Architecture Management (EAM)
Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DoDAF)
The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF)
Adaptive Enterprise Framework (AEF)
Technical Architecture Framework for Information Management (TAFIM)
Zachman Framework
Architecture Description Language (ADL)
Architecture Driven Modernization
Software Architecture


References

  1. Definition of FEA Framework Wikipedia
  2. FEA Framework v 1.1 overview OpenGroup
  3. The FEA Framework v2 whitehouse.gov


Further Reading

  • Basics of the Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework Innovategov.org
  • How to survive in the jungle of Enterprise Architecture Frameworks - Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework (FEAF)© PSU.edu