Meet the Program Management Office
The NIEM Program Management Office (PMO) executes the vision of NIEM established by the Executive Steering Council (ESC), while managing the day-to-day operations of NIEM. The office encourages the adoption and use of NIEM and oversees all working group and committee activities, regularly coordinating with communities of interest (COIs), principal stakeholders, and other information-sharing initiatives to promote collaboration and interest in NIEM priorities.
NIEM is an interagency program with shared funding and staffing resources; the PMO reflects this.
Executive Director, National Information Exchange Model
Executive Director, Information Sharing Environment Office, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Department of Homeland Security
Donna Roy joined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in December of 2006, and currently serves as the Chief Information Officer’s (CIO) executive for information-sharing. She is actively engaged in helping DHS lay the foundation and building blocks for an Information Sharing Environment (ISE), and drives DHS technical policy development, coordinating with the White House National Security Staff and the Program Manager for the ISE.
As the CIO’s executive for information-sharing, Donna is focused on removing technology barriers associated with the delivery of the ISE. Under her leadership are the oversight and operation of the program management offices for the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) and the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM).
Donna served as vice president of product development for a Fortune 200 company, as well as vice president for a major data operations division. She has over 27 years of IT experience, utilizing her data-oriented, enterprise-wide view for the implementation of standards to increase operational efficiency.
A former marine who knew nothing about IT going in, Donna got her start connecting modems via suction cups. From that moment on, she has been involved with information integration or exchange—the only difference now is the size, scale, and scope.
Managing Director, NIEM Program Management Office
As Managing Director of the NIEM Program Management Office, Justin and his team focus on national-scale adoption and implementation of NIEM across a diverse set of federal, state, local, and industry stakeholders. He also serves as the federal co-chair of the NIEM Technical Architecture Committee (NTAC), which is responsible for defining and documenting NIEM’s architectural requirements.
With over 15 years of IT-related experience, Justin has an extensive background in technical implementations, programming, data modeling, and systems integration. He co-led the development of the UML Profile for NIEM in close collaboration with the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE), Object Management Group (OMG), and industry and academic partners. Most recently, Justin provided leadership in the development and publication of NIEM 3.0 and Geo4NIEM through partnerships with PM-ISE and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).
Justin graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a BS in computer science, is certified as a project management professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute (PMI), and has received ITIL Foundations certification.
Justin's favorite thing about NIEM?
"My favorite thing about NIEM is the diverse community of experts. Whether an expert in their specific community of interest or in the technical underpinnings of NIEM, there are always resources willing to help when needed. The NIEM community's passion for improving information sharing across federal, state, local and tribal governments is an exemplar of good government and the reason why I joined federal service."
NIEM Communications and Outreach
Christina Bapst is, in her words, “pretty much all day, every day, all things NIEM.”
As NIEM communications lead, her duties include branding, traditional and digital communications, coordinating program events and training, and strategic outreach across all levels of government, international partners, and with the private sector.
Christina joined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of the Chief Information Officer in 2008, where she helped coordinate the data collected, managed, and shared across DHS while overseeing a $33 million budget for the division. A testament to her success, Christina streamlined the division’s acquisition process, with 98 percent of projects completed on schedule.
Prior to joining the federal 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.
A lifelong optimist, Christina “never fails to see sunshine on a cloudy day.”
Her favorite thing about NIEM?
“The people. NIEM is a community based program; it’s the people at all levels of government and industry who make it a success.”
NIEM Business Architect
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.
Senior Policy Advisor, Justice Information Sharing, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Department of Justice (DOJ)
DOJ Liaison to the NIEM PMO
Christopher Traver serves as a senior policy advisor for justice information-sharing at the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). He is responsible for supporting development of national policy, procedures, and technology standards on behalf of DOJ’s efforts to support the information sharing and technology needs of local, state, and tribal criminal justice practitioners.
Chris has been directly involved in NIEM since its inception, participating with DOJ to establish a national model for data sharing based on the Global Justice XML Data Model (GJXDM). He serves as DOJ’s representative to the XML Structure Task Force (XSTF)—the group responsible for developing GJXDM that currently governs the NIEM Justice domain—and works closely with BJA partner organizations to ensure adequate training and technical assistance resources are available to meet the needs of practitioners in the field.
Building on the success of NIEM, Chris’ work with the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (DOJ’s Global) has also expanded to include a SOA-based framework (Global Reference Architecture), security models for federated identity management (Global Federated Identity and Privilege Management), and automation tools for real-time privacy protection.
In his work, Chris seeks to establish partnerships at all levels of government across the country, help identify and align grant funding with practitioner needs, coordinate training and technical assistance delivery, and maintain close working relationships with private industry and other stakeholders to effectively address practitioner needs.
Chris serves as the DOJ liaison to the NIEM PMO, and participates directly on the justice and children, youth, and family services domains, and the NIEM Business Architecture Committee.
Data Architect, Enterprise Architecture Office, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
HHS Liaison to the NIEM PMO
As an HHS liaison to the NIEM PMO, Arun Acharya works with the PMO in a variety of tasks, and is currently engaged in promoting the use of NIEM across HHS.
Arun has an extensive and diverse background in technical implementations, standards deployment, process improvement, and enterprise reengineering in both public and private sectors.
His favorite thing about NIEM?
“For me, the most interesting thing about NIEM, at this still-early stage, is the fact that it is just as misunderstood as any major approach/concept/standard is when it is new—just before it becomes a ‘household’ word. There is a lot of work that still needs to be done, and I'm excited to have the opportunity to help.”