The FEA is a tool that enables the Federal Government to identify opportunities to leverage technology and alleviate redundancy, or to highlight where agency overlap limits the value of IT investments. The FEA (Federal Enterprise Architecture) will facilitate horizontal (cross-Federal) and vertical (Federal, State, and Local Governments) integration of IT resources, and establish the line of sight contribution of IT to mission and program performance. The outcome will be a more citizen-centered, customer-focused government that maximizes technology investments to better achieve mission outcomes. The BRM serves as the foundation for the FEA. The model describes the Federal Governments Lines of Business, including operations and services for the citizen, independent of the Agencies, bureaus and offices that perform them. By describing the Federal Government around common business areas instead of the stovepiped, agency-by-agency view, the BRM promotes agency collaboration.