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NIEM Announces Incoming Managing Director

The National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) Executive Steering Council’s quarterly meeting took place via teleconference on Wednesday, March 25. The transition of Katherine Escobar to the position of Managing Director of the NIEM Management Office (NMO) was announced. Ryan Schultz, outgoing Managing Director, was recognized for his many contributions to the growth of NIEM.

Ms. Escobar manages the NMO’s day-to-day operations, including oversight and direction of NIEM’s Business Architecture and Technical Architecture Committees. Ms. Escobar is the Deputy Division Chief, Data and Services Division, Cyber and Command, Control, Communications and Computers Integration, Joint Staff J6. She has 20+ year experience in large-scale government information systems development for enterprise-wide interoperability within both the private and public sectors. She has represented the Joint Staff on numerous high-level working groups and steering committees. She served as the U.S. Head of Delegation for the NATO Modeling and Simulation Working Group to develop a multi-national Modeling and Simulation under the NATO Science and Technology Office. 

For more than ten years, as a senior leader within NIEM, Ryan Schultz actively contributed to NIEM’s growth. Mr. Schultz served as NIEM’s Managing Director beginning in 2018. In that role, he was instrumental in the sponsorship transition of NIEM from the Department of Homeland Security to the Department of Defense. Mr. Schultz will continue to be involved in NIEM as a member of the Advisory Committee. Mr. Schultz is the Division Chief, Data and Services Division, Cyber and Command, Control, Communications and Computers Integration, Joint Staff J6.

About National Information Exchange Model

The National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) provides a model framework with rules and guidance designed to develop consistent and well-defined enterprise level information exchanges. For more than fourteen years, NIEM has successfully supported information communities of interest with a shared need to exchange data within the federal, state, local, tribal agencies, and the private sector. 

NIEM’s Executive Steering Council (ESC) serves as NIEM’s decision-making body regarding membership, funding requirements, program or technical direction, personnel appointments, and organizational decisions associated with NIEM management.

NIEM’s Management Office (NMO) executes the ESC’s directions, while managing day-to-day operations, encouraging adoption and use of NIEM, and overseeing all working group and committee activities. The NMO coordinates with domains, principal stakeholders, and other information-sharing initiatives to promote collaboration and interest associated with NIEM priorities.

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