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NIEM 4.1 Beta Now Available for Public Review and Comment

The NIEM Program is pleased to release NIEM 4.1 Beta1 for public review and comment. To ensure that the final NIEM 4.1 best meets users’ evolving needs, we are calling on the NIEM Community to review NIEM 4.1 Beta1 and share feedback by April 20, 2018.

NIEM 4.1 will be a minor release that incorporates content identified since NIEM 4.0 was released in July 2017. The NIEM release cycle allows us to make NIEM model updates on a predictable and sustainable schedule.

What’s in NIEM 4.1?

Lapse in Federal Funding Impact on NIEM Website Operations Notice

NOTICE: Due to the lapse in federal funding, this website will not be actively managed. This website was last updated on January 19, 2018 and will not be updated until after funding is enacted. As such, information on this website may not be up to date. Transactions submitted via this website might not be processed and we will not be able to respond to inquiries until after appropriations are enacted.

Health Information Technology Standards and NIEM

The Federal Health Architecture (FHA) team has recently dedicated resources to advance alignment between NIEM and the standards commonly used for health information technology (HIT) exchanges. This may also include support for fostering a health-oriented inter-disciplinary community of interest to help guide and potentially govern Health Domain data model content in NIEM.

Announcing NIEM 4.0 release

NIEM version 4.0 and its associated products are now available for download and use. This release is the latest version of the NIEM common vocabulary, which enables efficient information exchange across diverse public and private organizations.

Access tooling that has been updated for 4.0:

Introducing Movement—an easier, simpler way to explore and use NIEM

The NIEM Program is excited to announce the release of Movement, a new open-source tool that makes it easier to access and interact with the NIEM model.

Inspired by your feedback, we created Movement to provide users with additional tooling to accelerate their NIEM implementations. The beta version of Movement is now available.

Learn more about Movement at

NIEM 4.0 release candidate 1 is available for public review and comment

All feedback on NIEM 4.0 beta1 is in! We are now entering the release candidate stage. This is the final stage before we officially release NIEM 4.0 into production.

NIEM 4.0 release candidate 1 is available for public review and comment through June 9, 2017. Visit to download the full release package.

NIEM 4.0 Beta1 Review is Now Complete

Public review and comment of NIEM 4.0 beta1 is now complete. To ensure the final NIEM 4.0 release meets users’ evolving needs, the NIEM Program requested and received feedback from domain stewards, technical subject matter experts, and the NIEM community at large.

NIEM Biometrics Domain Announces OBIM’s John Boyd As New Chair to its Executive Committee

The NIEM Biometrics Domain (NBD) is proud to announce John Boyd, Assistant Director, Futures Identity of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM) as the new Chair of the NIEM Biometrics Domain.

NIEM Showcased at 2017 Biometrics in Government and Law Enforcement Event

On January 23, the 11th annual Biometrics for Government and Law Enforcement Conference was once again held in Arlington, Virginia. The three-day conference featured speakers and event attendees from multiple organizations, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Defense (DOD), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Interpol and many others discussing a variety of topics related to information exchange within the biometrics and identity management community. has a new look!

The National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) is advancing the way it engages stakeholders in order to enhance data sharing across diverse mission sets.  To create a more user-friendly, streamlined, and engaging online experience, NIEM has launched a new website.

New Guidance on Using JSON with NIEM

In response to community feedback and an evolving technical landscape, the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) Technical Architecture Committee (NTAC) is excited to announce the release of recommended practice guidance for using JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) with NIEM. The document is a first step in establishing a repeatable and interoperable methodology for using JSON to represent NIEM-conformant information exchanges.

Submit a Nomination for the 2016 Best of NIEM Awards

The NIEM program has kicked off the nomination period for the 2016 Best of NIEM awards, and is asking for the NIEM community’s help identifying and recognizing teams that have implemented NIEM in especially interesting, innovative or impactful ways.

NIEM Program Office Announces Business Architecture Committee Leadership Changes

The National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) Program Management Office is pleased to announce leadership changes for the NIEM Business Architecture Committee (NBAC), which maintains NIEM’s business architecture and requirements. Having completed his two-year term at the end of Fiscal Year 2016, Pat Brooks has stepped down as NBAC co-chair. Effective with the start of Fiscal Year 2017, Kamran Atri is the committee’s new co-chair, serving alongside Ryan Schultz.

NIEM Biometrics Domain Offers NIEM Training During 2016 Global Identity Summit in Tampa

On September 19, the NIEM Biometrics domain, under the stewardship of U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM), will provide NIEM and Biometrics domain training as part of the Global Identity Summit (GIS) in Tampa, FL. GIS is the U.S. federal government's primary outreach and collaboration-building event with the worldwide identity community.

Drive NIEM Tech – Join the NTAC!

Help us take NIEM to the next level! The NIEM Technical Architecture Committee (NTAC) is looking for innovative and forward-leaning individuals who can bring a fresh perspective and help drive the components of NIEM to stay technologically relevant. The membership nomination period is now open until Friday, September 2nd. Formal decisions will be announced Friday, September 16th.

NIEM Version 3.2 is Now Available

NIEM version 3.2 and its associated products are now available for download and use.  Products include NIEM XML schemas (XSD), a spreadsheet (MS Excel) of all data components in the model, and alternate database formats (MS Excel, MS MDB, and CSV).

NIEM Emergency Management Domain Announces New Chair

The NIEM Emergency Management Domain is proud to announce Dan Cotter, director, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) First Responders Group (FRG), as its new Chair. Cotter replaces Jalal Mapar, the director of DHS S&T Resilient Systems Division, who successfully served as chair of the domain since 2014.