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Mission Support Business Standards

Business standards, established and agreed to by agencies, using the Federal Integrated Business Framework (FIBF) enable the government to better coordinate on the decision-making needed to determine what can be adopted and commonly shared. They are an essential first step towards agreement on outcomes, data, and cross-functional end to end processes that will drive economies of scale and leverage the government’s buying power.

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FIBF Components

The FIBF includes five components:

  1. Federal Business Lifecycles, functional 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 line of business 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.

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Business Standards Progress

The Business Standards Progress Dashboard shows the current state of agency agreement on government-wide Mission Support Business Standards. Click on the functional area or checkmarks to navigate directly to the latest baseline functions / activities, capabilities, use cases, standard data elements, and performance metrics.

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Standards Lead Cross-Agency
Working Group
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Council (BSC)
Shared Services
Governance Board
OMB Standards Complete

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How are the Business Standards Used?

  1. Translates Policy into Practice
    The business standards enable the Federal Government to better coordinate and document common business needs based on authoritative policy across agencies, focusing on outcomes, capabilities, and data.

  2. Procurement
    Agencies can use the business standards to buy mission support services. The business standards are a starting point for agencies’ requirements and allow industry to offer innovative solutions based on the business standards.

  3. Agency Investment Review
    The business standards ensure agencies will be able to easily transition to a future solution offered in the QSMO marketplace. When agencies plan to use solutions from outside of the QSMO marketplace, the Investment Action Planning process leverages the business standards as a means to evaluate agency options.

  4. Assess Readiness for Shared Services
    They support strategic planning to improve mission support services by giving decision makers the data needed to identify future opportunity areas for shared services. This includes identifying opportunities for modernization based on common themes, and policy reform based on agency feedback.

  5. Agreement Across Mission Support Functions
    The business standards help obtain government-wide consensus on what business processes belong in each mission support functions to establish a shared understanding of the scope of services and coordination needed across shared services.

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