Human Resources Management (HRM)
Enterprise Standards

HRM Enterprise Standards encapsulate policies, documented terms and definitions, business rules, required business processes (if any), and business information needs relative to a specific HRM functional capability area. By promoting Department of Defense (DoD)-wide semantic consistency and uniform reporting within the HRM Functional Area, the HRM Enterprise Standards initiative enables the consistent application of policies within the DoD HRM community.

HRM Enterprise Standards are incorporated into the HRM Enterprise Architecture (EA), which is a segment within the DoD’s Business Enterprise Architecture (BEA) published by the Office of the Deputy Chief Management Officer (ODCMO).

HRM Enterprise Standards consist of five elements:

  1. Authoritative Source - Public laws, Joint publications, DoD issuances, and DoD regulations that establish policies that support HRM and provide general procedures for implementing that policy.
  2. Business Process Standard - A description of an operational activity that may include a sequential list of required sub-activities if directed by law or policy.
  3. Business Rule Standard - Business rules, derived from the Authoritative Sources, intended to influence or guide business behavior.
  4. Common Human Resources Information Standard (CHRIS) - An encapsulated view of a business information need conveying context in a semantically consistent manner. A CHRIS includes: a business name, definition, permitted values when applicable, a business use description, structural business rules, and references to relevant laws, regulations, and policies.
  5. Business Glossary Standard - A controlled HRM business vocabulary, including relevant terms, phrases, and definitions.

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HRM Enterprise Standards facilitate:
  • Consistent application of policies that support HRM across DoD
  • Semantic consistency within the HRM Functional Area
  • Functional context for HRM business processes, rules, glossaries, and data
  • Information standardization across the DoD HRM enterprise
  • Defense business IT investment certification support and alignment to Defense Business Council/Investment Review Board requirements
  • Standardized Reporting of HRM information to Congress and DoD decision makers

CHRIS are key elements of HRM Enterprise Standards.

CHRIS convey information that is semantically consistent with the DoD's HRM enterprise business context. The HRM functional community uses CHRIS to better enable cross-Service support, facilitate enterprise-wide analyses, and ensure consistent implementation of laws, regulations, and policies that support HRM. CHRIS offer a means by which individuals uniformly apply policies for common information business needs.

CHRIS are comprised of four key elements:
  1. References Public laws, DoD Instructions, or other authoritative source documents from which the Business Rule or CHRIS is derived.
  2. Structural Business Rules A constraint placed on the CHRIS itself, such as a dependency relationship or condition for use, with another CHRIS.
  3. Permitted Values Functional terms recognized as valid for the CHRIS domain.
  4. Business Glossary A controlled HRM business vocabulary, including relevant terms, phrases, and definitions, intended to be consistent across the HRM enterprise.

CHRIS uses include:
  • Defining information concepts embedded in business processes and associated operational business rules to help ensure semantic consistency.
  • Supporting interoperability by defining EA products such as Operational Rules Model (OV-6a). Note: A selection of CHRIS has been incorporated into the BEA.
  • Supporting certification of defense business information technology (IT) investments by incorporating the CHRIS into the investment review process.

To access individual PDFs of HRM Enterprise Standards and CHRIS, please visit the index pages:

P&R IM's Role
P&R IM documents HRM Enterprise Standards based on public laws, regulations, and DoD-wide policies that govern civilian, military, and Military Health System HRM across the DoD. All HRM Enterprise Standards are reviewed and approved by the appropriate P&R policy owners and become part of the HRM EA.

For more information on HRM Enterprise Standards, please contact the P&R IM Representative.