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2015 Best of NIEM Award Winners Announced at NASCIO Webinar

In January, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) highlighted information sharing as one of their 2016 Advocacy Priorities. To address this priority, NASCIO and NIEM came together on April 12, 2016 for a webinar, “NASCIO & NIEM Working Together: Advancing Information Exchange Efforts Across All Levels of Government.” 

NIEM Code Lists Specification 1.0beta1 – Released For Review

The NIEM Technical Architecture Committee (NTAC) has released version 1.0beta1 of the NIEM Code Lists Specification, and requests your help to review and improve it.

One major topic for developers and users of code lists with NIEM information exchanges is the development, distribution, maintenance, and use of code lists. The NTAC has developed the NIEM Code Lists Specification to address this need.

The specification includes:

NIEM 3.2 Beta Now Available for Public Review and Comment

​​The NIEM Program is pleased to release NIEM 3.2 Beta for public review and comment. To ensure that the final NIEM 3.2 best meets users’ evolving needs, we are calling on the NIEM Community to review NIEM 3.2 Beta and share feedback by April 15, 2016.

NIEM 3.2 will be a minor release that incorporates content identified since NIEM 3.1 was released in May 2015. The NIEM release cycle allows us to make NIEM model updates on a predictable and sustainable schedule.

NASCIO Announces Information Sharing as a 2016 Top Priority

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) announced Information Sharing as one of their four 2016 federal advocacy priorities. By elevating this key issue among its constituents, NASCIO highlights its support of the NIEM Program by encouraging state and local communities to adopt NIEM. Additional priorities include cybersecurity, flexibility in federal regulations, and Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (FirstNet).

NIEM looks forward to collaborating with NASCIO to advance information exchange across all levels of government!

NIEM EM Domain Briefs OASIS Emergency Management Subcommittee

On Sept. 29, 2015, the NIEM Emergency Management Domain held an introductory briefing for the OASIS Reference Information Subcommittee, which operates under the OASIS Emergency Management Technical Committee. Participants included the Emergency Management Domain Facilitator team and OASIS Subcom​mittee members.

NIEM Biometrics Domain Leads Successful Accredited NIEM Training Session at 2015 Global Identity Summit (GIS)

For the third consecutive year, at the Global Identity Summit, the Biometric Domain conducted a comprehensive NIEM training session for both government and commercial organizations involved in the identity management sector.

On Monday, Sept. 21, under the stewardship of the DHS Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM), the NBD provided training to more than 30 participants.

NIEM Biometrics Domain Offers Accredited NIEM Training at Global Identity Summit for Third Year

For the third year in a row, the NIEM Biometrics Domain (NBD), under the stewardship of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM), will provide NIEM and Biometrics Domain Training at the Global Identity Summit (GIS) in Tampa, Fla. Diane Stephens of DHS OBIM, who serves as the Chair of the Biometrics Domain, will join NBD DoD Co-Chair William Graves, NBD Program Manager Kamran Atri, and NBD team member Shuchita Bora to facilitate the session.

NIEM Biometric Domain Announces Diane Stephens As New Domain Chair

The NIEM Biometrics Domain (NBD) is proud to announce Diane Stephens 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. Ms. Stephens replaces former NBD Chair Kim Jackson, who now supports USDA. Ms.

Emergency Management Domain Briefs Big City Emergency Managers Association

Emergency Management Domain Briefs Big City Emergency Managers Association

On June 4, 2015, the NIEM Emergency Management (EM) Domain held an introductory NIEM briefing for Big City Emergency Managers (BCEM) Inc. members. Participants included BCEM representatives and members from metropolitan areas such as New York City and Chicago.

NIEM version 3.1 is Now Available

​The final operational release of NIEM version 3.1 has been published and is now available.  NIEM 3.1 is a minor release that incorporates user needs since NIEM 3.0 was launched in November 2013.

NIEM 3.1 is available here.

The NIEM model was designed to accommodate updates on a regular basis in order to adapt and evolve with user needs. TheNIEM release cycle allows us to make these model updates on a predictable and sustainable schedule.

Updates to High-Level Version Architecture

The NIEM High-Level Version Architecture (HLVA) was recently revised to make it more compatible with the latest NIEM version 3.0 series releases and other changes over the last several years. The new NIEM HLVA version 3.0 (10 April 2015) supersedes version 1.0 (published 31 July 2008). Significant changes can be summarized as follows:

NIEM version 3.1 Enters Release Candidate Stage

All feedback on NIEM version 3.1 beta1 is in! We are now entering the release candidate stage. This is the final stage before we officially release NIEM 3.1 into production.

What happens during the release candidate stage? A series of NIEM 3.1rcN versions (e.g. rc1, rc2, rc3) are generated, tested, reviewed, and tweaked until the product is a quality/conformant release. This stage progresses quickly because reviews are short (24-48 hours) and refinements are very minor.

NIEM Celebrates a Decade!

Happy Birthday NIEM! It’s hard to believe the program has hit double digits.

In 2005, a few individuals from the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security had the idea to leverage the great work already in place for XML-based information exchange across the Justice community, the Global Justice XML Data model (GJXDM). Based on the foresight and determination of all involved, the NIEM Program has helped organizations save time and money by providing consistent, reusable data terms and definitions and repeatable processes. We’ve come a long way in the last 10 years—the Program is maturing and our user community keeps growing.

NIEM 3.1 Beta1 Is Available for Review

The NIEM model was designed to accommodate updates on a regular basis in order to adapt and evolve with user needs. The NIEM release cycle allows us to make these model updates on a predictable and sustainable schedule.

NIEM version 3.1 is an upcoming minor release that incorporates additional user needs identified since NIEM 3.0 was released in November 2013.

OBIM CTO Talks Interoperability and NIEM at 2015 Biometrics for Government and Law Enforcement Event

On January 26, the 9th annual Biometrics for Government and Law Enforcement Conference kicked off in Arlington, Virginia. Speakers and event attendees from multiple organizations, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM), DHS United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of Defense (DOD), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Border Patrol covered a range of biometrics and identity management topics.

NIEM: The Key to Improved Information Sharing

Richard Spires, former Chief Information Officer of the Department of Homeland Security and NIEM Executive Steering Council Member, authored a recent article about NIEM. Some of our favorite quotes from the article include:

NIEM Biometrics Domain Announces New Chair to Executive Committee

The NIEM Biometrics Domain (NBD) is proud to announce Kim Jackson, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) 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. Ms. Jackson replaces former NBD Chair Diane Stephens, who served in an exemplary manner during the 2013-2014 operating period. Ms.

ISE Partnership with Santa Claus Improves Information Sharing at the North Pole

Every year, Santa Claus, his trusty team of reindeer, hardworking cadre of elves–and of course, Mrs. Claus–embark on a complex, multi-layered process of fulfilling children’s holiday wishes across the globe, gathering information on wish lists, acquiring materials to build toys, and deploying them to the right homes. We recently caught up with Santa and his team to discuss their information sharing challenges, the ISE principles they have been using, and their progress since last Christmas.