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VA Enterprise Architecture

VA EA Program Structure

As noted in the  Functional Organization Manual (FOM), the Office of EA is responsible for EA stewardship and IT strategic planning.

VA Chief Enterprise Architect

The VA EA is under the leadership of the VA Chief Enterprise Architect who:

  • Leads the program on behalf of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and serves as an advisor to the CIO and VA leadership
  • Collaborates with IT and business leaders to identify and establish priorities and methodologies for EA development and use, and identifies and integrates information assets from across the Department with the VA EA
  • Owns the overall framework for the VA EA, including standards, policies, and rules for the EA development methodology, tools, and repository that ensures:
    • The integrity of EA products and their consistent evolution and alignment in support of VA’s strategic direction
    • Establishment and maintenance of rules and standards to be implemented in support of VA EA development

The Chief Enterprise Architect also maintains the VA Enterprise Architecture Repository (VEAR), ensuring EA tools and information required to support analyses and VA decision processes are visible, available, accessible, and understandable to stakeholders across the Department

In practice, VA combines the functions of enterprise architecture and IT strategic planning into a single office under the Office of the VA Chief Enterprise Architect. Supporting the Chief Enterprise Architect is a team of architects and strategic planners organized into two directorates:

Director of Enterprise Architecture

The Director of Enterprise Architecture leads efforts to establish the VA EA as authoritative reference for the requisite strategic, business, and technology information used to make informed decisions for VA. The role is responsible for identifying, defining and prioritizing the business needs and associated requirements that drive VA EA evolution. This includes collaboration efforts with the Administrations and Staff Offices to ensure consistent communication with business partners and increase the value of VA EA use within the Agency’s strategic planning and investment management processes.

Director of Strategy, Planning, and Accountability

The Director of Strategy, Planning, and Accountability is responsible for providing strategic planning and programming efforts to transform and modernize VA’s IT business capabilities and ensure proper alignment to VA goals and objectives. This role also supports the VA IT environment to help formulate and measure the evolution of strategies and alignment of VA’s overarching strategic plans, business goals and objectives.

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