OCIO Issues Policy Letter on Enterprise Architecture

State Technology Update - April 16, 2009

The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) has issued Information Technology Policy Letter (ITPL) 09-03 to establish statewide Enterprise Architecture guidelines. With the ultimate goal of better understanding complex projects, increasing efficiencies and saving money, Enterprise Architecture (EA) is common framework for describing the integration of the current and future states of government programs, technology and information.

The purpose of this ITPL is to:

  • Announce the adoption of National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) methodology and the Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA) framework as the state's standards to refresh the statewide Enterprise Architecture;
  • Announce the governance process that will be utilized to develop and maintain the statewide EA;
  • Advise Agencies and departments of the requirement to utilize the Enterprise Architecture process, beginning with the completion of an "As-Is" Inventory within their organizations;
  • Describe the process for developing and submitting the "As-Is" Inventory that is due in June 2009; and
  • Identify new and changes to existing State Administrative Manual (SAM) and Statewide Information Management Manual (SIMM) content concerning governance requirements, processes, and procedures to be used when developing, proposing, and adopting new EA standards.

The instructions and template needed to comply with the policy are located within Section 58 of the Statewide Information Manual (SIMM) at http://www.cio.ca.gov/Government/IT_Policy/SIMM.html.

Questions regarding this EA policy should be directed to Lee Mosbrucker, Acting Enterprise Architect at (916) 403-9624, or by e-mail at Lee.Mosbrucker@cio.ca.gov.