Tasks, Deadlines & Performance Measures - XML Working Group
Updated June 5, 2003

Task* Date Performance Measures & Results
XML Strategy
09/30/01 Qualitative and subjective.  See results and submit enhancement suggestions to: Owen_Ambur@fws.gov  GAO recommends governmentwide strategy. 
Registry Pilot
TBD Objectives outlined in FY 2002 business case.  Registry team formed.  Proof-of-concept pilot initiated, at .  Detailed business case, capital asset plan, and budget justification (A-11, 300 Exhibit) for operational registry compilied in support of FY 2004 budget request.  Interim status reports.  OMB invited agencies to cosponsor the registry.  $2.1 million included in FY 2004 budget. (See IT Investment Details, row 4368.)  GSA drafting SOW for operational version of the registry. See also http://xml.gov/registries.asp 
Registry Standards Harmonization
Various Specified in proposal.  For interim results, see status report. Open Forum conducted. 
XML.gov Site Upgrade
Ongoing Specified in SOWContractor selected.  Transfer to new site accomplished.  Content being maintained via WebDAV.  Assess results at xml.gov.  Site rehosted on GSA server, February 2003. New support contractor retained.
Proposed Tasks
See voluntary proposals.  The performance objectives are to be determined by the volunteer leaders.  Formalization as xmlWG objectives is dependent upon direction from AIC.
* Our tasks are keyed to the numbering scheme in the CIO Council's Strategic Plan, which was formerly available at http://cio.gov/Documents/cio_final_strategic_plan_9_25rev.pdf  The relevant goal is "interoperable and innovative Governmentwide IT initiatives."  The relevant objective is "establish the use of open, standards-based architectures."

Consistent with our mission to accelerate, facilitate and catalyze the effective and appropriate implementation of XML technology, we have identified two critical success factors: 
  • Registry/repository software which constitutes our short- and mid-term strategic objectives, with reference to the pilot and the operational version, respectively; and
  • Harmonization of the relevant registry/repository standards, which is our mid- to longer-term objective.
These two task support all five of the activities we have been authorized to undertake, as follows: 
  • XML Best Practices and Recommended Standards -- Governmentwide usage of a standards-compliant registry/repository of XML data elements, DTDs, and schemas is a best practice.  It is also the key to enabling stakeholders to readily to find and use elements, DTDs, and schemas constituting recommended standards.

  • Partnerships with Key Industry and Public Groups Developing XML Standards and Specifications -- Partnership requires resources contributed to joint effort by two or more entities.  Key industry and public interest groups may be identified by the XML data elements, DTDs, and schemas they register and thereby recommend as standards.  Whenever possible, government agencies should use voluntary consensus standards developed in partnership with commerce and industry.  A key value the XML Working Group may be able to add is to facilitate more rapid coalescence around and development of the necessary registry/repository standards so that potential partners can more easily discover and engage each other.
  • Partnerships with Governmental Communities of Interest -- If and when the pilot has proven the registry/repository to be usable and scalable, it can become the key for governmental communities of interest to identify themselves, by their registrations and subscriptions to XML data elements, DTDs, and schemas.

  • Results-Oriented Education and Outreach -- The registry will provide evidence of the actual results being achieved by government agencies.  It will also provide a vital tool for making others aware of potential partnerships to reduce the reporting burden imposed upon the public while at the same time improving service to citizens.  In the meantime, the upgrade to our Web site will be a primary means -- together with our regular monthly meetings and various other meetings and speaking engagements -- by which we pursue education and outreach.

  • Projects/Tasks Benefiting Multiple Agencies -- The registry will enable agencies not only to register their XML data elements and schemas but also to discover those registered by others, thereby facilitating the formation of communities of interest/practice toward the reconciliation of needless inconsistencies and redundancies.
Additional tasks will be considered as additional needs are identified in accord with the Administration's policies and priorities, as volunteers step forward to address them, and as necessary resources become available.  Some of the organizations, activities, and initiatives which may offer productive partnership potentials include:  Regardless of which of these potential partnerships may or may not prove productive, the registry/repository will provide vital support for any initiative encompassing functions and, thus, data elements, DTDs, and schemas that are "inherently governmental" in nature.  If your organization may wish to engage in any of these partnership activities, or if you have suggestions regarding others that should be engaged, please contact Owen_Ambur@fws.gov

See also the background and introductory information, which together with these tasks, constitutes our strategic plan.