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Federal Integrated Business Framework

What is the Federal Integrated Business Framework (FIBF)?

The FIBF is a model that enables the Federal government to better coordinate and document common business needs across agencies, focusing on outcomes, data, and cross-functional end-to-end business processes. 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, 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, 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.

The cross-functional end-to-end business processes the FIBF currently covers include:

  • Budget Formulation-to-Execution
  • Acquire-to-Dispose
  • Request-to-Procure
  • Procure-to-Pay
  • Bill-to-Collect
  • Record-to-Report
  • Agree-to-Reimburse
  • Apply-to-Perform
  • Post-to-Onboard (Talent Acquisition)
  • Needs-to-Outcomes (Talent Development)
  • Plan-to-Appraise (Employee Performance Management)
  • Plan-to-Compensate (Payroll & T&A)
  • Plan-to-Compensate (Compensation and Benefits)
  • Counseling-to-Retirement (Separation and Retirement)
  • Book-to-Reimburse
  • Apply-to-Repay

How is the FIBF being built?

The FIBF is being developed and defined by cross-agency working groups led by the respective Standards Lead.

Functional AreaStandards Lead
Core Financial ManagementTreasury, Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation
Contract Writing SystemsOffice of Management and Budget
TravelGeneral Services Administration
HR Management ServicesOffice of Personnel Management
Cybersecurity ServicesDepartment of Homeland Security
Grants ManagementOffice of Management and Budget
Electronic Records ManagementNational Archives and Records Administration

As a part of the development process, the FIBF is also being examined from a cross-functional perspective by the Business Standards Council. This is a key component of achieving a cross-functional, interoperable set of government-wide standards for mission support services.

How is the FIBF being used?

The HR Management Services FIBF standards served as the business requirements for the government-wide NewPay acquisition. The Financial Management and Grants Industry Demo Days leveraged the FIBF standards to communicate the government's needs to industry. Future acquisitions will continue to leverage the FIBF.

Additionally, the FIBF is the basis of the Readiness Assessment. The Readiness Assessment provides an understanding of government-wide and agency readiness as it relates to standards, technology, policy, and organizational maturity. This baseline of government-wide readiness serves as an input for decision making and policy for improving Federal mission support services.