Chief Information Officers (CIO) Council

Architecture and Infrastructure Committee (AIC)


Purpose: The Architecture and Infrastructure Committee (AIC) of the Chief Information Officers (CIO) Council develops policy, direction, and guidance for the Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA) to drive business process improvement, investment management, and technical decisions. These efforts assist with institutionalizing the FEA in concert with agency enterprise architectures (EA).


The mission of the AIC is to:


·    Provide guidance to agencies on how they can align their enterprise architectures to the FEA.

·    Facilitate cross-agency development and implementation of enterprise architecture components, such as XML/OASIS.

·    Provide a foresight mechanism that draws from FEA reference models and the capital planning and investment control process to create greater synergy between technology push cycles and market pull cycles to support a performance-based framework.


The AIC has established three working subcommittees to execute its mission. These subcommittees are the Governance Subcommittee, the Components Subcommittee, and the Emerging Technology Subcommittee. The subcommittees of the AIC play a significant role in assisting the CIO Council with jointly achieving collaborative efforts between the CIO Council, Federal Agencies, and the Federal Enterprise Architecture Program Management Office (FEAPMO).


Activities: The AIC has been a high-impact committee since its inception and will continue to pursue activities that advance the practice of EA. Some highlights of recent and planned activities are listed below.


·    Developed a process whereby the emerging technology life cycle can be more efficiently and effectively managed on a Government-wide basis. 

·    Charted the xml Community of Practice (formerly xml Working Group) to assist with

implementing an Emerging Technology (ET) process and to facilitate collaboration on and review of XML-based "components" within that process.

·    Sponsoring the Chief Architects Forum with the aim of assisting Chief Architects in improving the practice and usefulness of architectures in their agencies and in the Federal Government at-large.

·    Providing sponsorship and support for over thirty “Collaborative Expedition Workshops” focused on topics such as multiple taxonomies, software components development, reuse, and management, intelligent information use in manufacturing, and semantic technology tools and applications.

·    Published and updating future versions of the Service Component-Based Architectures paper dated June 2004 to reflect changes to the Service Component Reference Model and Technical Reference Model, and the Solutions Development Life Cycle.

·    Developing and providing recommendations to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on prospective revisions to OMB Circular A-130.

·    Developing an effective governance model to assist with the definition, design, and implementation of the Federal Enterprise Architecture reference models.

·    Holding conceptual discussions with State CIOs, as represented by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), who have expressed a desire to strategize on how federal and state governments should proceed with implementing their respective enterprise architectures to achieve interoperability.

·    Assisting in the redesign of the portal and examining its integration with other registries and repositories.

·    Exploring the value of a unifying framework for enterprise transformation or a metamodel that would allow for more detailed architectures that aid in decision-making.

·    Providing oversight for the development of a Security and Privacy Profile that can be used as a diagnostic for determining the plausibility of data and information sharing between entities.


Subcommittees, Forums and Communities of Practice:


·    The Governance Subcommittee provides policy guidance, and advice and assistance in the definition, design and implementation of the Enterprise Architecture (EA) discipline and practice throughout the Federal Government. The Subcommittee serves as a focal point for the development and coordination of Federal government-wide policy, guidance, including best practices for EA development and implementation. The Subcommittee establishes common terminology definitions, frameworks, and practical guidance for use by Federal agencies to effectively implement and sustain EA.


The Subcommittee works closely with the FEAPMO to develop a long-term, consistent strategy for the institutionalization of the FEA and for the effective implementation of supporting agency EAs that horizontally and vertically align with the FEA. The Subcommittee will work closely with national and international governmental and private sector organizations to advance the use of common standards for EA.


o The Chief Architects Forum (CAF) is a body under the CIO Council AIC Governance Subcommittee. The Forum is a partnership with the AIC, where Chief Architects can collaborate, share lessons learned, and can request and give assistance to their colleagues with specific strategic, management and operational EA challenges. The purpose of the Forum is to assist Chief Architects in improving the practice and usefulness of architectures in their agencies and in the Federal Government at large. The Forum serves as a formal mechanism for the voice of the Chief Architect community to be heard by the AIC leadership, CIO Council and OMB.


·    The Components Subcommittee fosters the identification, maturation, use and reuse of Component-Based Architectures and Architectural Components in the federal government. The underlying objectives are to foster the basic principles of interoperability, reusability and portability of processes, services and infrastructure components by Federal agencies and related partners and stakeholders as they modernize their business processes through data sharing, E-government automation and improved information systems.


·    The purpose of the Emerging Technology Subcommittee is to develop processes and procedures that support the discovery and assessment of maturing technology offerings responsive to E-government goals. The goals are to: (1) create greater synergy between technology push cycles and market pull cycles in order to support a performance-based framework for innovation prototyping and adoption; and (2) provide a scalable, robust process to respond to the rapidly increasing number of proponent offerings, while accelerating the discovery, creation, validation, and maturation of FEA aligned technologies most likely to yield strategic contributions. The Subcommittee will employ mechanisms for interacting with industry that create value and mitigate risks for all parties.


o The xml Community of Practice (CoP) [formerly the xml Working Group] is chartered under the Emerging Technology Subcommittee of the AIC to accelerate, facilitate and catalyze the effective and appropriate implementation of XML technology in the information systems and planning of the Federal Government. In coordination with other CIO Council committees and working groups, the xmlCoP is authorized to: 1) identify and, when necessary, develop XML best practices and recommended standards; 2) foster partnerships with key industry and public interest groups developing and implementing XML standards and best practices; 3) foster partnerships among communities of interest/practice involving agencies at all levels of government to capitalize as rapidly and effectively as possible on the potential benefits of XML to citizens and taxpayers; 4) conduct "results-oriented" education and outreach; and 5) propose for consideration by the AIC specific projects and products benefiting stakeholders of multiple Federal agencies. In being re-chartered as a Community of Practice, the xmlCoP has redirected its focus to: a) assist with implementation of the ET process, and b) facilitate collaboration on and review of XML-based "components" within that process, which in some instances may involve the use of


Standing Meetings: The AIC meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month in the Eisenhower room (2nd floor) of the Small Business Administration located at 409 Third Street, SW, Washington, DC, 20416 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Anyone wishing to participate in one of the regularly scheduled meetings and to be added to the AIC membership list should contact AIC support staff, Angela B. Duin at


AIC Leadership:




John Gilligan, CIO

Department of Air Force

703-614-8033 /

Kim Nelson, CIO

Environmental Protection Agency

202-564-6665 /


Governance Subcommittee:



Roy Mabry, Office of the Secretary of Defense

703-607-0244 /

Frank Kist, Internal Revenue Service

202-283-4239 /


Components Subcommittee:



Reynolds Cahoon, National Archives & Records Administration

301-837-1646 /

Barry West, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Dept. of Homeland Security

202-646-3006 /


Emerging Technology Subcommittee:



John McManus, National Aeronautics & Space Administration

202-358-1802 /

Susan Turnbull, General Services Administration

202-501-6214 /