First, we do not agree that our discussion of enterprise architecture issues 
in the executive summary of our report is misleading.  The purpose of the 
executive summary is to bring together the various parts of our report to 
comprise an overall message.  We believe that completing an enterprise 
architecture is important to provide a framework for ensuring effective 
systems integration, functionality, and information sharing, unlike what 
was experienced during the 2004 hurricanes.   
Second, we appreciate the EP&R CIO's concern that our discussion of the 
status of enterprise architecture development is based on out of date 
information.  We based our statement that the electronic  as is  enterprise 
architecture was approximately 85 percent complete and that the  to be  
architecture development had not yet begun on discussions with the lead 
enterprise architecture official, held as recently as June 2005.  We 
acknowledge the range of ongoing activities to further progress in 
architecture development and have revised our report to reflect these 
efforts.  However, although the EP&R CIO cites such activities, the EP&R 
CIO does not provide an up to date, quantifiable indication of the current 
status of architecture development, as compared with the October 2005 
target completion date.  Based on the information provided to date, our 
recommendation remains to proceed with architecture development and 
make it available as a framework for guiding FEMA's IT management in 
line with the DHS architecture and ongoing initiatives. 
Third, we disagree with the EP&R CIO's comment that our report 
assumes that the incomplete enterprise architecture alone is the reason for 
IT systems not efficiently handling increased workloads.  The EP&R CIO 
has taken our reference to the enterprise architecture out of context and 
misconstrues the issue that we raise.  Rather, we conclude in the executive 
summary of our report that the incomplete enterprise architecture, in 
conjunction with unintegrated systems and ineffective information 
exchange, creates an ineffective processing environment.   
Fourth, we have revised our report to reflect the EP&R CIO's comments 
regarding recent progress in developing the  as is  and  to be  portions of 
FEMA's enterprise architecture.  We recognize that overall architecture 
development is an evolving process, but nonetheless encourage FEMA to 
complete the  to be  portion to serve as a roadmap for proposed IT 
EP&R CIO Budget:  We agree with the EP&R CIO there is a potential to 
misconstrue our statement regarding the resources used to develop and operate 
Emergency Preparedness and Response Could Better Integrate Information Technology  
with Incident Response and Recovery 
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