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1.3 OBJECTIVES OF THE RM PROFILE To accomplish this vision, NARA, OMB, and other Federal and industry partners are designing the RM Profile as an overlay for each FEA reference model.Agencies should use the Profile to identify records management issues, risks, benefits, and challenges during business process and IT investment planning.

Where appropriate, these questions refer agencies to the relevant records management resources where answers or additional guidance can be found.

In addition, the RM Profile includes three scenarios that demonstrate hypothetical applications of some of the FEA reference model/records management-related questions.

NARA, OMB, and the Federal CIO Council's AIC support the creation of an RM Profile as a cross-cutting overlay of the FEA to tie records management considerations and requirements to the five FEA reference models.

In separate but related initiatives, NARA has proposed various strategies and guidance to support records management in agencies, including incorporating records management considerations early in work processes and system planning.

The RM Profile is a framework that overlays, or cross-cuts, the inter-related FEA reference models: the Business Reference Model (BRM), Service Component Reference Model (SRM), Technical Reference Model (TRM), Data Reference Model (DRM), and Performance Reference Model (PRM).

The RM Profile provides an overview of the FEA and explains how the reference models provide a context for applying effective records management practices.

By identifying and embedding records management requirements within their enterprise architectures, agencies will realize benefits such as compliance with relevant laws and regulations, consistent records management practices across the agency, improved customer service, and real cost savings.

In the current business environment, however, Federal agencies are using disparate and inefficient processes to manage their records, thereby exposing their organizations to considerable risk in their business operations and mission-related responsibilities.

These strategies include products released by the EPRWG, the Electronic Records Management (ERM) E-Gov Initiative, the Records Management Re-design Initiative (RMI), and the Electronic Records Archive (ERA) project.

For more information on these initiatives, please see the documentation at:

Agencies must manage these records from creation through final disposition as integral assets to Government operations.

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