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Federal Integrated Business Framework

What is the Federal Integrated Business Framework (FIBF)? The Federal Integrated Business Framework is a model that enables the Federal government to better coordinate and document common business needs across agencies and focus on outcomes, data, processes and performance. It is the essential first step towards standards that will drive economies of scale and leverage the government’s buying power. The FIBF includes five components:

    • 1. Federal Business Lifecycles, service areas, functions, and activities serve as the basis for a common understanding of what services agencies need and solutions that should be offered.
    • 2. Business Capabilities are the outcome-based business needs mapped to Federal government authoritative references, forms, inputs, outputs, and data standards.
    • 3. Business Use Cases are a set of agency “stories” that document the key activities, inputs, outputs, and other LOB intersections to describe how the Federal government operates.
    • 4. Standard Data Elements identify the minimum data fields required to support the inputs and outputs noted in the use cases and capabilities
    • 5. Performance Metrics define how the government measures successful delivery of outcomes based on timeliness, efficiency, and accuracy targets.

Why do we need the FIBF?
This is the starting point for moving toward common, cloud based solutions that eliminate redundant legacy systems and get the best value for agencies and taxpayers. By breaking down the silos between functional areas and focusing on end-to-end business processes, the FIBF moves toward integrated solutions that better serve agency needs. Common data standards and outcomes will drive interoperability and modularity, helping to reduce switching costs and drive performance through competition. What are the benefits?
✓ Increased ability to define service needs as a part of modernization efforts (SaaS)
✓ Reduced customization resulting in cost avoidance in O&M phase
✓ Enhanced ability to communicate and deliver desired performance-based outcomes

How is the FIBF being built?
To define process outcomes across the Federal Government, Lines of Business (which are the functional SMEs in charge of a Service Area) are bringing together their communities to set business standards.

Using Common Templates, LoB Managing Partners:
    • 1. Define End to End Processes and Service Areas Involved

    • 2. Within each Service Area, categorize work into Service Functions and Activities

    • 3. Define Service Activity coding to create linkages across artifacts and Service Areas

    • 4. Define Business Capabilities, starting with Authoritative References

    • 5. Define integrated process with Business Use Cases, starting with most common business scenarios across the government

    • 6. Define Standard Data Elements based on inputs and output noted in the Business Capabilities and Use Cases

    • 7. Define Performance Measures for efficiency and effectiveness

As noted in Steps 1-3, Service Activities are coded and used to create linkages across artifacts and Service Areas (see an excerpt from the Service Functions and Activities list below).

Where can I find an example of the FIBF components? The Line of Business Managing Partners are in the process of developing the FIBF Components. The FIBF Components are owned and maintained by the Managing Partners. For examples of the Business Capabilities and Business Use Cases, please visit the Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation (FIT) links below: Financial Management Business Capabilities
Financial Management Business Use Cases