NIEM is governed by a number of groups and committees that support its development, day-to-day operations, and future evolution. Click on the options below to explore NIEM’s governance structure.
The ESC serves as NIEM’s decision-making body regarding membership, funding requirements, program or technical direction, personnel appointments, and other organizational decisions as required for supporting NIEM management.
The primary sponsors of NIEM are Chief Information Officers (CIOs) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS), and as such, are members of the ESC. Advisory members and invited guests of the ESC include but are not limited to the following.
- The Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global)
- The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO)
- The Executive Office of the President Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA) through the Chief Architect
- The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) through the Program Manager of the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE).
- The Chief Information Officer of the U.S. Department of Defense
- The Chief Information Officer of CrimTrac, Government of Australia
The PMO executes the ESC’s vision for NIEM while managing the Program’s day-to-day operations, encouraging adoption and use of NIEM, and overseeing all working group and committee activities. The NIEM PMO coordinates with Communities of Interest (COIs), principal stakeholders, and other information-sharing initiatives to promote collaboration and interest in NIEM priorities.
Executive Director, NIEM Program
Executive Director, Information Sharing and Services Office, Office of the Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Donna Roy is a national leader in information sharing, data management and enterprise IT service delivery. She specializes in delivering mission essential IT solutions in a fast paced and demanding environment. Donna joined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in December of 2006 and currently serves as the Executive Director for the Department’s Information Sharing and Services Office (IS2O) – DHS’ lead for delivering enterprise solutions for mission, business management, and IT support. Under her leadership are the oversight and operation of the program management offices for the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN), the Geospatial Management Office (GMO), National Information Exchange Model (NIEM), Identity Services, and the DHS Data Framework.
A highly experienced IT executive with over twenty-five years of experience in both the public and private sectors, Donna combines a powerful vision of data management and service delivery to ensure that mission and business users at DHS have the IT solutions they need to keep our country safe and make DHS fully operational. IS2O not only delivers on mission critical requirements and vital safeguarding solutions like PIV cards and access lifecycle management, but also answers the Department’s needs for human resource management solutions. A proud New Englander and former United States Marine, Donna is honored to serve at the Department and lead a team of innovative, dedicated, IT service professionals.
Acting Managing Director, NIEM Program Management Office
A lifelong optimist, Christina "never fails to see sunshine on a cloudy day."
As Acting Managing Director of NIEM, she helps set the strategic vision for the program as well as oversee all operational functions. Christina is dual-hatted, also serving as the communications lead for the NIEM program.
Prior to joining the government, Christina worked as a management consultant for Fortune 100 organizations and systems analyst in the oil and gas industry. She graduated magna cum laude from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and holds a Master of Business Administration from The George Washington University.
Business Architect, NIEM Program Management Office
With over 15 years of technology business management experience, Derek is an innovative leader who currently serves as the NIEM business architect and liaison to the NIEM Business Architecture Committee (NBAC). Derek has extensive experience working with diverse stakeholder groups charged with agreeing on requirements to create business and information management efficiencies. He has worked in private consulting firms and has served as an officer in the U.S. Navy.
A project management professional (PMP), Derek’s analytical approach embraces understanding the big picture, getting into the details, creating and cultivating relationships, and building teams. Derek’s recent work includes coordinating concepts across the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of the Navy (DoN) to develop service policy positions used for interagency coordination. For example, Derek managed drafting material to help the Navy transition its operational level of war (OLW) and also socialized and briefed that material among DoD leadership in order to arrive at consensus.
Derek is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he holds a BS in engineering; and a graduate of the University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce, where he holds a master’s of science in the Management of Information Technology (MS MIT). Continuing his lifelong professional development, Derek serves on the McIntire School’s MS MIT Board of Advisors.
HHS Liaison to the NIEM Program Management Office
Acting Director, Division of Data and Improvement, Office of Planning and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Mr. Traver serves as Acting Director for the Division of Data and Improvement (DDI), Office of Planning and Evaluation (OPRE), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Mr. Traver manages a dedicated team of subject matter experts, spanning a number of unique initiatives with the common goal of improving the collection, management, sharing, and analysis of data to promote positive outcomes for the children, adults, and families that rely on ACF supported programs. Mr. Traver is also responsible for an agency-wide interoperability initiative to build integrated human services systems that are capable of robust data sharing, support increased collaboration, and facilitate harmonized policies and processes. Other goals include expanding the adoption of NIEM, the National Information Exchange Model, and fostering multi-disciplinary information exchange with health, justice, education, and other stakeholders to enable coordinated service delivery and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of human service programs.
A specialist in information sharing and technology, Mr. Traver has expertise in the development of policies and guidelines, standards, tools, and fostering communities of interest that will drive effective information sharing practices across the country. Supporting efforts at the local, state, and national levels, Mr. Traver’s focus helps influence technology planning, procurement, implementation, and integration across government and the private sector. Mr. Traver is a founding member of the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM), and has contributed to many other multi-disciplinary information sharing programs including the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative, the Global Reference Architecture (GRA), and the Global Federated Identity and Privilege Management (GFIPM) program. Mr. Traver specializes in connecting disparate communities through technology, and recently worked on bridging the health and justice communities to address, among other priorities, prescription drug monitoring and the government-wide effort to reduce opioid abuse and overdose.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Traver served as a Senior Advisor for Information Sharing within the ACF Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary. Mr. Traver previously worked at the Department of Justice (DOJ), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) in the national policy office. Prior to federal service, Mr. Traver was a software engineer and technical advisor in the private sector supporting web-based applications and data integration activities. Mr. Traver received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Duke University in Durham, NC.
As specified in its Charter, the mission of the NBAC is to set the business architecture and requirements of NIEM, manage NIEM Core, and facilitate the processes for the regulation and support of NIEM domains. The NBAC focuses on the following areas:
- Business Architecture: The NBAC oversees and validates the construction, maintenance, and use of the business architecture framework for NIEM.
- NIEM Core: The NBAC provides management and oversight of the NIEM Core—the central part of the NIEM data model that’s commonly understood across all domains.
- Community: The NBAC serves as the forum for the admission of new domains and interactions between domains, and coordinates action to maintain the NIEM community.
Roles and responsibilities
The committee’s responsibilities are to:
- Maintain the integrity, usability, and maturity of NIEM core, and engage in any requisite harmonization and issue resolution activities.
- Determine the need for new data model releases as necessary, such as to accommodate new domains and content, or to provide business requirements to the NTAC.
- Submit recommendations to the ESC concerning the admission of a new domain into the NIEM data model.
The NBAC is made up of stakeholders across diverse communities. NIEM’s domains—communities that are formally established to manage and govern a portion of the NIEM data model—serve as the foundations of the committee. The NBAC is led by co-chairs and includes voting members, a NIEM PMO liaison, and observers and invited participants.
Ryan R. Schultz
Mr. Schultz is the Chief of the Data and Services Division on the Joint Staff of the Department of Defense (DOD). He manages a 25-person team responsible for working with DOD, interagency, and multi-national stakeholders to identify and resolve warfighter, combatant command and service operational data sharing and data interoperability issues.
Following a 20-year career in the U.S. Navy, Mr. Schultz worked as both a contractor and civil servant on military database interoperability and information exchange issues, while earning various IT certifications. He also served as a senior information technology (IT) faculty instructor for Old Dominion University, leading a staff of 25 instructors and a 500-student training program. He developed and implemented more than 32 technical courses with multiple sites, including a university-accredited knowledge / project / process management course of instruction. Mr. Schultz’s IT teaching credentials include Microsoft Certified Trainer 2001-2011 and CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer Subject Matter Expert.
Mr. Schultz’s naval career included assignments on ships and at overseas bases as a surface warfare officer and an oceanographer. After graduating from the Joint Forces Staff College, he became joint qualified following two combatant command tours serving in Current Operations as a Battle Watch Captain with U.S. European Command and U.S. Joint Forces Command.
Mr. Schultz received his bachelor's degree in ocean engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy. He holds three master’s degrees:
- Master of Business Administration with an IT focus, Old Dominion University
- Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies, U.S. Naval War College
- Master of Science in Oceanography and Meteorology, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School
Kamran Atri is the Chief Technology Officer for Constellation Software Engineering, which serves public sector clients in the homeland security, defense and aerospace sectors in areas of Information Technology and program management. Some of the CSE clients include DHS Office of Biometric Identity Management, DHS FEMA and DHS Science and Technology Directorate, as well as NASA, the FAA and the US Air Force.
As CTO Mr. Atri leads a team of systems engineers, enterprise and data architects, analysts and program managers. He is an expert in all aspects of enterprise data management, including governance, modeling, assurance, Big data analytics and exchange methodologies across the full data lifecycle. He also has an in-depth understanding of Federal Enterprise Architecture, reference models, such as PRM, SRM, DRM, TRM. As part of his DHS support role, he served for almost two years as Deputy Chief Architect for DHS NPPD.
Mr. Atri is a subject matter expert in NIEM currently serving as program manager to both the NIEM Biometrics Domain under the stewardship of DHS OBIM and the NIEM Emergency Management Domain under the stewardship of DHS S&T. He is the Chair of the NIEM Business Architecture Committee International Tiger Team and has been named Co-Chair to the NIEM Business Architecture Committee for the coming year.
Mr. Atri was awarded the Smart CIO/CXO 2012 CTO Award, the 2011 Best of NIEM Runner Up award, the DoT OCIO Enterprise Architecture Compass Award, the Best of NIEM 2009 National award and the NPPD OCIO DHS Coin award for his services and support.
|Dan Cotter||Emergency Management|
|Lain McNeill||Emergency Management|
|Kamran Atri||Emergency Management|
|Chris Traver||Human Services|
|Dorothy Wan||Human Services|
|Ash Chaterjee||Infrastructure Protection|
|Renee Messalle||International Trade|
|Shailesh Sardesai||International Trade|
|Rodney McCoy||Military Operations|
|Ralph O'Connell||Military Operations|
|Dan Morgan||Surface Transportation|
NBAC members continuously gather and assess community business requirements for architecture enhancements. Also, with the support of lead developers, NBAC members conduct ongoing cross-domain and core data harmonization as well as issue resolution activities.
Annually, the NBAC co-chairs conduct a review of the committee's membership, activities, and domain maturity.
Fiscal Year 2018 Activities
Annual NBAC Face-to-Face (F2F) Conference The annual NBAC F2F Conference is scheduled for October 29-31, 2018 at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) facility in Arlington, VA. Topics will include Domain highlights and opportunities, Tiger Team updates, NIEM IEPD Registry, and NIEM Strategic Planning. Day 3 will be used for NBAC cross-talk with the NIEM PMO and NTAC. The final agenda will be announced prior to the event.
NBAC Stands Up the Emerging Technologies Tiger Team The NBAC Emerging Technologies Tiger Team (E3T) officially launched with a kick-off meeting on June 7, 2018. The initial focus will be on the impact of artificial intelligence, internet of things (IoT), and identity management on the NIEM community; NIEM’s role and opportunities with Open Data; and alignment of NIEM vocabularies and Domain support with international standards. All NBAC members are invited to participate, and a collaborative workspace has been set up on the NBAC’s All Partners Access Network (APAN) site at https://wss.apan.org/s/NIEMPMO/NBAC/Tiger%20Teams/Forms/AllItems.aspx.
NBAC Continues the International Tiger Team
The NBAC International Tiger Team kicked off its 2018 session with a meeting on May 17, 2018. Since 2016, the International Tiger Team has worked collaboratively to identify and define the unique information sharing needs of the international NIEM community, focusing on:
- Shaping NIEM’s approach to data sharing across international boundaries
- Engaging international NIEM community members
- Attracting new organizations
- Creating an additive update to NIEM Core that leverages the EU core models
Observers and invited participants from all communities are always encouraged to actively contribute to the NBAC by sharing their expertise and recommendations. Contact us if you are interested in observing or learning more about the NBAC!
As outlined in its Charter, the primary mission of the NTAC is to define and support the technical architecture that governs NIEM. In addition, the NTAC:
- Documents and maintains NIEM’s technical specifications.
- Provides robust, effective development of the NIEM core structure and complementary processes to support and enable users to efficiently develop, use, and reuse data definitions and information exchange specifications.
- Delivers and maintains a tool strategy that meets stakeholder requirements in support of information exchange across organizations.
Roles and responsibilities
The committee’s responsibilities are:
- Establish and support the NIEM technical architecture.
- Establish mechanisms and processes for publishing NIEM content artifacts.
- Ensure all content in the NIEM data model appropriately conforms to NIEM specifications.
- Maintain communication and interaction with other NIEM program entities, such as the help desk, NBAC, and PMO.
- Analyze and assess emerging technologies and how they relate to NIEM; develop roadmap for future capabilities.
- Establish goals, milestones, and desired outcomes, and measure performance.
NTAC members represent operational practitioners and subject matter experts, key stakeholder agencies, domains, and systems developers across all levels and branches of government, as well as solution providers. Membership types include co-chairs, voting members, PMO liaison, lead developers, and observers/invited participants.
Mike Hulme is the Co-Chair of the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) Technical Architecture Committee (NTAC), working extensively with state, local, and tribal organizations to implement systems that maintain and share mission information.
As an Enterprise/Solutions Architect for Unisys Corporation, Mr. Hulme has more than 20 years of experience developing, delivering, and integrating justice and public safety information systems and solutions for government agencies. He has implemented state and local law enforcement message switching and city- and county-level integrated justice solutions that share information between law enforcement, prosecution, courts, corrections, and human services, using NIEM and other standards.
Nationally known for his technical leadership in the use of Extensible Markup Language (XML) for justice information sharing, Mr. Hulme has actively served on the NTAC since its inception in 2005. He is a founding member of the Justice XML Structure Task Force of the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative, providing thought leadership, guidance, and review for the development of the Global Justice XML Data Model (GJXDM), now the justice domain of NIEM. He is a member and past chairman of the Integrated Justice Information Systems (IJIS) Institute’s IJIS Technical Advisory Committee (I-TAC).
Mr. Hulme has provided technical guidance and review to all three major versions of NIEM, working to continually improve the technical aspects of the model. He has served as a speaker and a trainer at many NIEM events, including the official public announcement of NIEM. He was the primary author of GJXDM Information Exchange Package Documentation Guidelines and contributed to its successor, the NIEM Model Package Description Specification and the NIEM Naming and Design Rules. He authored an NTAC white paper on NIEM Business Information Exchange Components and Enterprise Information Exchange Models, and developed Information Exchange Package Documentation for many government information exchanges.
Mr. Hulme was the first recipient of the Robert P. Shumate Contributor of Excellence Award from the Integrated Justice Information Systems (IJIS) Institute, for his work to support the development of information sharing standards now adopted widely throughout the United States.
Scott is a principal engineer at The MITRE Corporation. Scott served as the Air Force representative among the authors of the Net-Centric Data Strategy in 2003. He published the first paper describing the "community of interest" concept for data management in 2001, followed by the "COI Handbook", "COI Lessons Learned", and "My Two Cats Are a COI". He has served on three Air Force Scientific Advisory Board study panels: one defining the Joint Battlespace Infosphere (JBI) concept in 1999, another on database migration for C2 in 2001, and the third on domain integration in 2005. Scott received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois in 1990. Scott is the federal co-chair of the NTAC, serving on behalf of the Department of Defense
His favorite thing about NIEM?
"The no-nonsense deliberation on precise, useable technical specifications."
2018 Focus areas include:
- JSON (technical specifications and user guidance)
- NIEM Model updates (release 4.1 and 4.2)
- Open Data and NIEM’s role
- Modernization of NIEM Training resources
The NTAC continuously works on:
- Establishing and supporting the NIEM technical architecture
- Establishing mechanisms and processes for publishing NIEM content artifacts
- Ensuring all content in the NIEM data model appropriately conforms to NIEM specifications
- Analyzing and assessing emerging technologies and how they relate to NIEM
Observers and invited participants from all communities are always encouraged to actively contribute to the NTAC by sharing their expertise and recommendations. Contact us if you are interested in observing or learning more about the NTAC!
In addition, each NIEM domain represents the stakeholders, governance, and data model content oriented around the business needs of a community. To learn more about NIEM domain goverance, visit the NIEM domain goverance page.