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  1. 1. NESDIS CEISC Briefing July 20, 2004
  2. 2. NESDIS Information Technology Architecture Team (ITAT) Status <ul><li>Monthly VTC’s being conducted (2-hours) </li></ul><ul><li>Tri-Annual Face-to-Face (3-days) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>… October, February, June </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ITAT Membership comprised of representatives from each Line Office, and NESDIS OCIO </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NOAA OCIO by invitation </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. NESDIS ITAT Status (Continued) <ul><li>Developing NESDIS ITAT Five-Year Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Streamlining of Data Calls and Reporting Requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinating NESDIS Website Activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Common “look and feel” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Line Office Website Management Plan Requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NEB to be briefed on Line Office progress on web activities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Identifying “job” requirements of ITAT Reps </li></ul><ul><li>Developing focused NESDIS Architecture Team as ITAT subgroup </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing Action Item Accountability </li></ul>
  4. 4. NESDIS ITAT Status (Continued) <ul><li>Redefined ITAT Goals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Serve the mission and goals of NESDIS, NOAA, and DOC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improve the utilization of resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Personnel and Funds </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Execute the Terms of Reference as defined </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leave things better than we found them </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Technically </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Organizationally </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Process-wise </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. ITAT Issues <ul><li>Push of software onto NESDIS from the NOAA and DOC level </li></ul><ul><ul><li>w/o “requirements’ review </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>w/o consultation or partnering </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NESDIS Management Commitment to ITAT </li></ul><ul><li>IT Resource Constraints </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All efforts ‘out-of-hide’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All efforts ‘other duties as assigned’ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Need for tools to support processes </li></ul>
  6. 6. ITAT Overarching Mission <ul><li>Formulate and Maintain the NESDIS IT architecture </li></ul><ul><li>Develop and Recommend IT policies, guidelines, and standards </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinate education for NESDIS IT </li></ul>
  7. 7. ITAT Responsibility <ul><li>Carry out regular in-depth reviews of IT matters </li></ul><ul><li>Present recommendations to the CIO, and also to the NEB </li></ul><ul><li>The OCIO and NEB relies on the ITAT to formulate and maintain the NESDIS architecture, and to develop and recommend IT policies, guidelines and standards </li></ul>
  8. 8. ITAT Tasks <ul><li>Develop and Maintain Capital Asset Plans (OMB Exhibit 300) and related financial summaries (OMB Exhibit 53) </li></ul><ul><li>Formulate and Review the five year Capital Asset Plan for IT </li></ul><ul><li>Develop the NESDIS-wide Enterprise IT Architecture and Planning Process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintain the Technical Reference Model (TRM) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Review and endorse the five-year Ground Systems PAC Budget Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Form subgroups to Oversee and Address specific focus areas (e.g., Web, Telecommunications, Security, Office Support, Metadata, …) </li></ul>
  9. 9. ITAT Tasks (Continued) <ul><li>Plan and Implement processes for repeatable, consistent software development Formulate and Review the five year Capital Asset Plan for IT </li></ul><ul><li>Standardize platforms, operating systems, configuration, and software for Administrative, Operational, and Research systems </li></ul><ul><li>Oversee NESDIS’ IT to promote the improvement of the agency’s practices in modernization, use, sharing, and performance measures </li></ul><ul><li>Address and plan for evolving user requirements - connectivity and interoperability </li></ul>
  10. 10. ITAT Tasks (Continued) <ul><li>Recommend and establish policy for desktops, networking, security, web services and other areas as deemed necessary </li></ul><ul><li>Identify opportunities for cross-cutting cooperation using IT to support common functions </li></ul><ul><li>Support the DoC and NOAA Strategic, Budget and Operations planning efforts </li></ul><ul><li>Develop information systems management and security policies </li></ul><ul><li>Respond to “Data Calls” </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Concept – develop operational system tool kit - non Office Support Team areas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>focus on dictated IT requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>auditing & reporting tools </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>patch management & reporting tools </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>network monitoring & reporting tools </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>focus on best practices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>configuration management tools </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>network management tools </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>inventory management tools </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>software QC and version control </li></ul></ul></ul>Tool Set Assessment Team
  12. 12. Toolset Requirements Definition & Analysis <ul><li>Identify requirements in terms of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>functionality in diverse environments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>internal and external drivers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>operational system constraints </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE! </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Toolset Initial Priority <ul><li>Patch management & reporting in the operational environment: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>determine NOAA requirement drivers & constraints </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>determine NOAA progress to date </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>identify functional requirements & constraints </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>perform market survey </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>determine does one size fit all? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>perform business case analysis; advise ITAT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>perform demonstration and evaluation </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Draft Terms of Reference (TOR) <ul><li>The purpose of the ITAT Tool Set Assessment Team: </li></ul><ul><li>Serve as the NESDIS technical focal point for IT solutions to operational system issues. The Tool Set Assessment Team will address these issues from a requirements, a business case, operational implementation, and a NESDIS enterprise architecture perspective. The Tool Set Assessment Team will recommend standards and draft policies pertaining to supporting operational capability and best practices for consideration by the ITAT. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Current Telecommunications Challenges <ul><li>Input from ALL offices for databases, diagrams, growth requirements, local issues. </li></ul><ul><li>Active participation in Telecom Team monthly VTC’s. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify a budget analysis process. </li></ul><ul><li>Representation on NAC, ENTA. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Government alternate for Telecom Team. </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Current Telecommunications Challenges (Continued) <ul><li>Data circuit documentation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Continuous update of circuit listing & diagrams. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify a planning process for mission growth, new technologies and network requirements. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Document mission & application requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Establish centralized budget views. </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Current Telecommunications Challenges (Continued) <ul><li>Integration of future technologies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify 3-5 year NESDIS/NOAA technology plans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Growth requirements (users, BW, new technology) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology refresh and upgrades </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Robust network to meet customer requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Security and COOP considerations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consolidations & synergy savings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborative efforts </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Telecommunications Technology Opportunities <ul><li>IPv6 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NAC project participation. Current, HPCC funding. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge base, training required. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IP addresses, multicast, Security and QOS. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IPO interest and project with Silver Spring NOC. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Possible site at Suitland. </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Telecommunications Technology Opportunities(Continued) <ul><li>Internet2 or Abeline. </li></ul><ul><li>VPN’s, VTC & VOIP? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What has been successful, what is planned? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feedback on technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Process to share information (Telecom Team, site) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outside organizations - collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Future sharing of tools, resources and development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Issues with format, distribution & control. </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. NOAA Administrative Order 212-15 <ul><li>Policy: NOAA environmental and geospatial data will be maintained in accordance with applicable OMB regulations, …, FGDC Standards </li></ul><ul><li>Responsibilities: NOAA National Data Centers and Centers of Data shall maintain an environmental data and information metadata catalog. </li></ul>
  21. 24. FY’04 GOAL
  22. 25. FY’05 GOAL
  23. 26. FY’05 GOAL
  24. 27. Can NESDIS achieve a united Information Technology Architecture for metadata?
  25. 28. ITAT-Web Team <ul><li>All NESDIS Line-offices are represented </li></ul><ul><li>Responsible for design and maintenance of the NESDIS home Web </li></ul><ul><li>34 NESDIS Office Web sites under purview of the ITAT-Web Team </li></ul><ul><li>Important venue for exchange of ideas and building common solutions – essential since NESDIS’ offices are geographically dispersed </li></ul>
  26. 29. Web Team Activities Update <ul><li>Changes to NESDIS Web </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Addition of breadcrumb navigation - FY04 milestone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Updated NESDIS satellite page – added data boxes for each satellite including altitude, location, and status - completed </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Changes to extended Web (i.e. new osdpd, ncdc…) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>LOs maintain NESDIS Web banner and styles with redesigns </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Status of NOAA Web Policy 5 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NGDC continues to work with the NOAA GC to create a maximum 2-page plain English template for Internet hosting agreements. Template approval hoped for by late spring. </li></ul></ul>
  27. 30. Other Web activities/projects <ul><li>Upcoming DOC Privacy Policy implications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>FY04 - All DOC websites will have machine readable Privacy Policies that interact automatically with the user’s browser. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DOC Web Advisory Group is working on a plan of action and evaluating P3P ( Platform for Privacy Preferences) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training slideshow is being compiled and will be posted to WAG Website within the next month. http://www.osec.doc.gov/webresources/ </li></ul></ul>