What is the Business Reference Model (BRM)?

The Business Reference Model (BRM) is a function-driven framework for describing the business operations of the federal government independent of the agencies that perform them. BRM provides an organized, hierarchical construct for describing the federal government's day-to-day business operations.

On February 6, 2002, the development of a Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA) commenced. Led by OMB, the purpose of this effort is to identify opportunities to simplify processes and unify work across the agencies and within the lines of business of the Federal Government. The outcome of this effort will be a more citizen-centered, customer focused government that maximizes technology investments to better achieve mission outcomes.

The FEA is a business-based framework for cross-agency, government-wide improvement. It provides OMB and the Federal agencies with a new way of describing, analyzing, and improving the federal government and its ability to serve the citizen.

A Business Focused Approach …
Drawing from lessons learned through unsuccessful architecture efforts in the past, the FEA is truly business-driven. As such, its foundation is a Business Reference Model
(BRM), which describes the government’s Lines of Business and its services to the citizen independent of the agencies and offices involved. This business-based foundation provides a common reference point and foundation for improvement in a variety of key areas, such as performance measurement, budget allocation, information technology (IT) redundancy elimination, cross-agency collaboration, and e-Government.