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Integrated Information Technology Governance Framework (IITGF)


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IT Portfolio - USDA’s IT portfolio comprises all IT investments, both operational and in development. The USDA portfolio is the enterprise-wide view of the history and future of USDA IT investments. Key IITGF activities a this level are environmental scanning for new industry and federal government developments, continuous technical and program focused portfolio analysis, and the development of transition strategies to move USDA from the current state to the target state, and the compilation and submission of the USDA IT budget.

IT Investment - IT investments are aligned to functional lines of business that focus on achieving an interrelated set of organizational goals and objectives in support of USDA’s mission and in accordance with the direction set by USDA’s target architecture. Key activities at this level include the identification, sponsorship, preparation, planning, and selection of IT investments within the context of the USDA transition strategy, development of investment business cases, update and maintenance of IT investment documentation, and the monitoring of investment performance.

IT Project - Projects are temporary endeavors that make up investments. Projects cover a range of types, including new development, operations and maintenance, service delivery, and organizational strengthening. Projects are managed according to the USDA System Development Life Cycle (AgSDLC).