The federal government is looking for ways to cut costs while improving efficiency, and this leads them to take a hard look at how enterprise architecture is or is not focused on the business. This article by Kenneth Corbin shows how federal IT leaders are beginning to recognize the benefits of aligning enterprise architecture to the focus of business. A recent document released attempted to help promote standardization of development between federal agencies, which helped further illustrate the overall needs of federal IT: With watchwords like “scalability,” “repeatable architecture” and “agility,” the common approach document mirrors the broader administration goals of consolidating the $80 billion federal IT infrastructure to cut costs while tapping into technologies like cloud computing and virtualization to generate new efficiencies in service of the larger agency missions. “It really is an issue of creating all these linkages between architecture and these broader goals, deeper goals and objectives that agencies are trying to reach,” says Simon Szykman, CIO at the Department of Commerce. Part of the solution involves finding people who are doing the exact same work in different areas of government and bringing them together ““ leveraging the shared services strategy to help drive down cost and reduce unneeded redundancy. The overall effort will take years, but the payoff will make the time and energy worth it for the federal government.