The Biometrics domain supports information sharing and promotes interoperability
between mission-based organizations engaged in activities such as homeland security,
national defense, border management, immigration benefits and global law enforcement
through the joint development and alignment of XML Biometric Standards.
By facilitating the sharing of biometrics information between organizations, NIEM
serves as a central element in the coordinated global effort to maintain and refine
operations focused on security, intelligence, law enforcement, international trade,
travel and immigration by means of identity management and assurance. The NIEM Biometrics
domain provides a platform for the Biometrics and Identity Management Community
of Interest to review and harmonize standards and schemas, to provide and receive
technical assistance and training, as well as to communicate and engage across this
diverse user group.
The NIEM Biometrics domain was launched in July 2012 under the Stewardship of the
Office of Biometric Identity Management within the Department of Homeland Security
(DHS) National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD). The Biometrics domain
operates under the oversight of its executive committee, which includes Diane A
Stephens (OBIM) as Chair, Justin Smith (DOJ/FBI) as Co-Chair and Brad Wing (NIST)
Since its inception, members of the domain and key stakeholders have successfully worked to create a framework of best practices to foster collaboration and technical
assistance within the biometrics and identity management communities. Due to efforts
of domain members, the formal release of NIEM 3.0 in late 2013 contained the first
complete biometrics schema within NIEM. Other significant domain activities have
included ongoing participation in the NIEM Business Architecture Committee (NBAC)
and associated working groups, review of organizational alignment issues and technical
assistance to the biometrics community of interest, IEPD review and continual community
Become an active participant in the Biometrics domain and find out how the use of
NIEM is helping to optimize operations across the biometrics and identity management
communities. The Biometrics domain is a dynamic community that’s using NIEM to streamline
and facilitate data exchanges among entities and organizations that utilize biometrics
to meet their diverse and challenging mission objectives.
Log in to the Biometrics community site to discover what members of this domain
are working on. If you are asked to sign in, use the "Forms Authentication"
To access the community collaboration zone, you must be logged in as registered
NIEM.gov user, as well as a member of this community.
- If you are not a registered user of NIEM.gov, please
- If not yet a member of the Biometrics domain community, please request membership
in the domain and Collaboration Zone (CZ) access by sending an email to
NIEM-BD-Facilitator@cse-corp.com. You will receive domain membership materials
and once processed your access to the CZ will be granted and you will be notified.
- Once registered with NIEM and a member of the Biometrics domain,
The NIEM Biometrics Domain provides the following:
- Biometric Schema Development and Harmonization. Stakeholders and members
have the opportunity to actively participate in the development of the biometrics
schema. This schema is closely aligned to existing and emerging biometrics standards
as put forth by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), including
the ANSI/NIST-ITL 1-2011 Standard and the 2013 Supplemental Update that includes
new modalities. The Biometrics domain standard works from this base and harmonizes
across member and stakeholder organizational parameters. Members can serve on one
of several schema and code list review teams, in addition to tiger teams related
to data quality and technical review.
- Technical Assistance and Training. The Biometrics domain provides technical
assistance in the form of IEPD review, organizational, systems and policy alignment
and NIEM training with a focus on biometric operations. In 2013, the Biometrics
domain held multiple training sessions covering both executive and technical elements
of NIEM as it relates to biometric information sharing. At the 2013 Biometrics Consortium
Conference (BCC) in Tampa, the Biometrics domain provided the first fully AFCEA-certified
NIEM training to attendees of the conference.
- Community Engagement and Outreach. Throughout the year, the Biometrics domain
provides continual domain activity updates to its members and stakeholders. These
updates allow the Biometrics domain to highlight the contributions of members and
stakeholders, while also providing a platform for introduction of new issues and
ideas. Due to its high-level of engagement, development of operational best practices
and constant focus on development and refinement of services and assets that contribute
to the Biometrics Community of Interest, as well as associated NIEM communities,
the Biometrics Domain was awarded Honorable Mention in the Best of NIEM for 2013.
- Recent releases from the Biometrics domain can be
Important Information about the Biometrics Domain
- Domain Stewardship: The Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM) within
the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Protection and Programs Directorate
(NPPD) serves as the steward of the Biometrics domain.
- For questions relating to the Biometrics domain or domain membership, please email:
- Recent releases relating to Biometrics domain activities can be viewed