Develop identification and validation

processes for emerging technologies


POC Name: John McManus


Phone:  [deleted]


Organization: AIC Emerging Technologies Subcommittee Co-chair


Place of Performance:  Washington DC, Contractor Site


1.0       BACKGROUND


The Federal Government lacks a clear and open process to support the identification and validation of Emerging Technologies that support the President’s e-government goals, allows for submissions from commercial entities (vs. Government entities), provides a market mechanism to bring together component supply and demand as well as Communities of Practice (CoP), and supports the “graduation” of these technologies into the Federal marketplace (


A process is needed that provides emerging technology vendors with a primary point of entry to the Federal IT community and that promotes information sharing about these technologies across Federal agencies.


The Emerging Technology Subcommittee of the CIO Council’s Architecture and Infrastructure Committee is charged with examining cross-cutting emerging technology components and developing recommendations for their use in the Federal Government.   The Subcommittee has been tasked with defining a process that will allow the IT innovation life-cycle to be managed on a Government-wide basis, and to accelerate the discovery, validation, and maturation of Federal Enterprise Architecture components that improve Federal performance and the delivery of citizen services while reducing aggregate costs through the promotion of component integration and reuse versus bespoke development.


It is expected that such a process will lead to better-coordinated and more productive response to submissions of components in support of the eGov initiatives and within the framework of the Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA). The desired outcome is the well-coordinated availability of logically separable technology components for potential Government-wide usage that utilizes a sustainable, self-supporting process for the technical assessment of emerging technologies. 


2.0       PURPOSE


The purpose of this task will be Stage 1 of the process described in the U.S. CIO Council document titled “Managing the IT Innovation Life-Cycle: Proposed Stages/Schemas” of May 27, 2003. Stage 1 is known as the “Identification” stage, in which vendors, integrators, and other organizations (known as “submitters” in this document) can identify and “nominate” a proposed component merely be providing the required information in the form of an XML instance document, as specified by a group of XML schemas (known as “component XML schemas” in this document).


The XML instance document containing the component information would be stored on the submitter’s own Web site at a given URL. This URL - along with additional information regarding the component - would be registered through the use of a Web form with a site known as “”. Both the Web form and the site are to be created as part of this task. Selected metadata will then be “indexed” for each registered component at, thereby enabling efficient discovery of available components through their metadata properties be Federal agency representatives. Full-text search will also be available.


We envision a relationship between the overall proposed process and We envision that will accept submissions from the vendor/integrator community while will focus on submissions from the federal community, and that a component will graduate from to once a sufficient level of subscription and commitment to the component exists within the federal community based on the CoPs. However, defining this relationship formally will be out of scope of this task, as it will require integration with stages beyond Stage 1.




The Stage 1 process will involve the following Major Tasks:


  1. Establishment of Web site
  2. Creation of submitter documentation, forms and process
  3. Enhancement of Proposed processes (if necessary)
  4. Finalization of component XML schemas


Each of these tasks is described in general terms below, and more specifically in Section 4.


Task 1 - Establishment of Web site: We will establish the “” Web site and install all associated hardware. This site will be hosted at GSA on the same servers that support  This will involve the creation of static and dynamic web pages, creation and configuration of a database to store information and the establishment of the ET.Gov brand, user interface, and site navigation.  We will also create the Web form that submitters will use to register the ET components, based on the component XML schemas and we will create the Web form that Federal agents will use to browse and discover the component registry to search for new/existing components that meet specific requirements.  We intend to develop ET.Gov in conjunction with the Emerging Technology Subcommittee, to ensure that it meets the Subcommittee’s needs.


Task 2 - Creation of submitter documentation: We will create the necessary documentation to help submitters create their component XML instance documents and register their components on the Web site.


Task 3 - Enhancement of proposed process (if necessary): We will work with the ET Subcommittee to review the proposed process, and determine if any enhancements are required. If enhancements are required, we will work with the ET Subcommittee to enhance the proposed process as necessary.


Task 4 - Finalization of component XML schemas: We will work with the ET Subcommittee to finalize the current component XML schemas. This may involve adding additional XML artifacts to the XML schemas to represent additional component metadata.




This section describes the activities and work products for each task listed in Section 3.  It is assumed that all infrastructure requirements (e.g. server, database product, etc.) are already in place and available at GSA and therefore will not be included in this document.




Work Product

Task 1: Establishment of Web site

Create site site


Create draft ET component registration Web form with search index



Review draft ET component registration Web form with ET Subcommittee and enhance as necessary



Deliver final ET component registration Web form with search index

ET component registration Web form with index


Task 2: Creation of submitter documentation

Create draft submitter documentation



Review draft submitter documentation with ET Subcommittee and enhance as necessary



Deliver final submitter documentation

Submitter documentation

Task 3: Enhancement of proposed process (if necessary)

Review proposed Stage 1 process with ET Subcommittee and enhance as necessary



Release final Stage 1 process

Finalized Stage 1 process

Task 4 - Finalization of component XML schemas

Review existing component XML schemas with ET Subcommittee and determine required enhancements



Enhance component XML schemas and review with ET Subcommittee



Deliver finalized component XML Schemas

Finalized component XML schemas


The supporting assumptions for the task are noted below.


  1. Contractor will work with the Emerging Technologies Subcommittee to identify a hosting facility for ET.Gov.
  2. ET.Gov will be responsible for the purchasing of all hardware, software, hosting fees, and licensing related to this task.
  3. ET.Gov performance criteria will be measured against 100 concurrent users.
  4. All requests outside the scope of work within this document will require additional time and funding.
  5. The Emerging Technologies Subcommittee will provide the Contractor with the necessary content for the ET.Gov website.
  6. The Contractor will have timely access to the subject matter experts to support the verification and validation of ET.Gov and newly created content.




The period of performance is September 1, 2004 – December 1, 2004.  The place of performance is in Washington DC at the contractor’s site.