The Align Project

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January 5, 2021

Align Governance Model

The Align Project launched in 2017 with the purpose of providing a single, common platform for the ERO Enterprise Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program (CMEP). Formerly known as the CMEP Technology Project, the Align Project requires a robust governance model to ensure any continued investment provides business value across the ERO Enterprise, and adherence to the benefits as described in the approved business case. 

As the project is set to launch the first release in March 2021, the current project structure will transition into a long-term governance model managed by the ERO Enterprise and stakeholders. The purpose of the governance model is to recognize the impact of the Align and ERO SEL tools on the entirety of the CMEP program. The model will do this by fostering collaboration across the ERO Enterprise about Align tool functionality, expenditures and business value, and provide close integration with existing CMEP committees. The model will be the mechanism to determine Align tool functionality once operational. The model also addresses interaction and input with registered entities.

The following components are required for the governance model to be effective: 

  • People: Individuals considered leaders in the ERO Enterprise in the areas of Compliance Monitoring, Enforcement Program and Technology, to identify business needs for the product and program.
  • Roles: Executive and management roles filled; end-user representation to include industry stakeholders. Oversight functions clarify responsibilities.
  • Structure:  Keeping participants aligned about desired outcomes and setting appropriate expectations with regard to resources and budget.
  • Policies: Defines management principles, decision making and oversight procedures.
The Align Governance Model can be viewed by clicking here or by looking under Important Documents on the right hand side of this page.

 

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 News and Communications

 Important Links

  
  
1-Align Registered Entity SEL Functional Requirements November 2020.pdf1-Align Registered Entity SEL Functional Requirements November 2020
1-Align-Program Business Case Updated April 2020.pdf1-Align-Program Business Case Updated April 2020
Align Governance Model 2020.pdfAlign Governance Model 2020
Align Project Change Agents.pdfAlign Project Change Agents
Align Technology Project Summary Sheet.pdfAlign Technology Project Summary Sheet

 Benefits

Benefits
The objectives and benefits of the Align Project are:
  • Single, common portal for registered entities, enabling consistency of experience
  • Real-time access to information, eliminating delays and manual communications
  • Improved capability to support the Risk-Based Compliance Oversight Framework
  • Enhanced quality assurance and oversight, enabling consistent application of the CMEP
  • Improved analytics, including visibility into compliance and reliability risks
  • Increased capability to implement audit best practices and processes (planning, fieldwork, reporting, quality assurance)
  • Standardization and implementation of common business processes and workflows, enabling increased productivity (estimated 15 percent gain for ERO Enterprise CMEP staff)