U.S. Department of Agriculture
DATE: June 1, 2005
USDA Enterprise Shared Services (ESS)
OPI: Office of the Chief Information Officer
USDA’s Enterprise Shared Services (ESS) environment is a strategic component of
both USDA’s Enterprise Architecture and its vision of business transformation.
ESS provides a common technical infrastructure to support the development,
delivery and management of Web-based information and services, and USDA
documents and records. The ESS environment includes, but is not limited to: the
Enterprise Portal; Web Content, Collaboration and Document/Records
Management tools; Taxonomy; Common Employee Database; the “Google” search
engine; and Web presentation standards.
This Departmental Regulation documents USDA’s ESS policy, a high-level
evolving framework, and roles and responsibilities. USDA’s enterprise
architecture and investment strategies are the foundation for the policies in this
USDA agencies shall use the common technical infrastructure provided through
USDA’s ESS environment to the maximum extent achievable to support the
development, delivery, and management of information and services on the Web
and USDA documents and records.
USDA agencies shall consolidate into the ESS environment existing agency
products and services that duplicate the components of the common technical
infrastructure. Investments in duplicative products and services are permitted only
with the written approval of USDA’s Chief Information Officer through the capital
planning and investment and the information technology waiver processes.
June 1, 2005
KEY COMPONENTS OF ESS
The ESS environment includes, but is not limited to: the Enterprise Portal; Web
Content, Collaboration and Document/Records Management tools; Taxonomy;
Common Employee Database; the “Google” s