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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.

Public Input on the Establishment of Financial Data Standards

​​The U.S. Department of Treasury is accepting public comment on the Data Act between now and November 25, 2014. Please go to Federal Register Notice (FRN) "Public Input on the Establishment of Financial Data Standards (Data Exchange)" (79 FR 58045) to learn more and if interested, to provide input.​

NIEM in November: Recap

NIEM hosted its second annual NIEM in November event on Tuesday November 4, 2014. NIEM in November was a half-day event filled with presentations, round tables, and discussions highlighting the community’s hard work and success. Hosted at National Defense University and live-streamed on, the event had attendees and presenters from across the United States and beyond.

NIEM Biometrics Domain Hosts a Training Session at Global Identity Summit

The newly rebranded Global Identity Summit (formerly the Biometrics Consortium Conference) kicked off on Monday, September 15, in Tampa Florida, with sessions slated to run through September 18. As in years past, a global contingency of speakers presented and attendees took part in discussions and demonstrations of the latest advancements in the field of biometrics and identity management.

September Virtual Town Hall Recap

​On September 23, NIEM hosted a Virtual Town Hall. More than 130 community members joined us to hear presentations from a Best of NIEM 2013 winner and updates from representatives of the Emergency Management Domain, as well as to participate in the question and answer session.

Improving Maritime Through Common Standards

The Maritime Information Sharing Environment (MISE), a Best of NIEM 2013 Winner, is creating a set of pre-defined and NIEM-conformant maritime messages for the community to use. The initial set of messages includes:

AFEI Holds Second Webinar on DOD Adoption of NIEM

On August 14, 2014, the Association for Enterprise Integration (AFEI) held the second webinar in a two-part series on DOD’s adoption of NIEM, titled “Alignment with Federal and DOD Information Sharing Architectures.” The webinar offered insights into how DOD adoption of NIEM supports the objectives of the federal Information Sharing Environment (ISE) and DOD information sharing strategies.

Army Coalition Forces Adopt NIEM

The Department of Defense Joint Services is using NIEM to facilitate data exchanges between U.S. military organizations and coalition partners. The U.S. Army's Project Manager Mission Command incorporated NIEM into version 4.3 of the Global Command and Control System-Army (GCCS-A), which combines Joint and coalition information onto one digital map. They used the system during a recent Joint-coalition exercise at the Joint Forces Training Centre in Poland.

NIEM Virtual Town Hall September 23, 2014

Join us on September 23, 2014 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST for a NIEM Virtual Town Hall! You’ll learn more about the work and success in the NIEM community—specifically with our state and local communities.

Development is in Progress for NIEM-UML for 3.0

We've started developing an open standards process to update the Unified Modeling Language (UML) Profile for NIEM 3.0! With the Request for Proposal (RFP) officially issued by the Object Management Group (OMG), the 3.0 profile is officially in development! The initial submission for NIEM-UML for 3.0 will be submitted on August 18 for review at the September OMG meeting. The team’s working space is on GitHub and we need your help with the initial submisison. (Please note that no materials on the site are final, and all materials developed last year can be found in the "Phase1" folder.) 

Update on NIEM-UML for 3.0

On the heels of a successful release of NIEM 3.0, we are currently supporting an effort to update the Unified Modeling Language (UML) Profile for NIEM 3.0. Back in September 2013, NIEM-UML for 2.1 was accepted as an Object Management Group (OMG) specification and has been incorporated into tooling used by the community.

Leveraging NIEM-UML to build out Cyber-Related Content

During the December 2013 Object Management Group Technical Meeting, the System Assurance Task Force hosted a discussion exploring the potential to leverage the Unified Modeling Language profile for NIEM, known as NIEM-UML, to promote semantic interoperability across various cyber specifications for threat modeling and information sharing. This effort was designed to leverage existing investments in NIEM-UML work to build out cyber-related content in NIEM.