Vendors' help sought for NIEM's next step

Technology integrators and commercial software providers are being asked for help as officials seek to expand the use of their common data standard to help information sharing.

National Information Exchange Model program managers will hold an industry day Feb. 17 to expand the program to new users. The Homeland Security Department announced the event through a draft request for information Jan. 15. It said officials were seeking “descriptions of products that have the potential to make the next generation of NIEM a reality.” The final RFI is expected by Feb. 27.

The program was launched in 2005 by the Homeland Security and Justice departments. Its users extend beyond homeland security and law enforcement, and officials want to expand adoption to a wide range of communities.

NIEM gives users a standard vocabulary, guidance and processes to make data flow more effectively across various levels of government. The framework defines data components -- such as people, places events and things -- and provides a method for communicating that data using Extensible Markup Language. To share information, officials use a packet that has the correct NIEM structure and semantics. The specifications for particular data exchanges are stored as Information Exchange Package Documentation.

Officials say more software tools are needed as organizations look to roll out addition NIEM-based information sharing programs. The draft RFI said that NIEM’s executive leadership believes that commercial software companies are best suited to provide the types of software tools to meet NIEM's needs.

Officials said a comprehensive set of offerings is needed for different stages of NIEM’s implementation and they want additional software tools that:

 

  • Can help develop the specifications for particular types of data exchanges.

 

  • Accelerate the implementation of NIEM data exchange specifications into a service-oriented architecture.

 

  • Verify that IEPDs conform to requirements.

 

  • Can manage large dictionaries of NIEM objects and allow them to be segmented by domain.

 

  • Provide a repository for IEPDs and develop specifications for federating registries.

 

Those interested in attending the Feb. 17 event must respond to NIEM-RFI@dhs.gov by Jan. 30. Questions on the draft RFI should also be sent to that address by Feb. 3.

About the Author

Ben Bain is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

The Fed 100

Save the date for 28th annual Federal 100 Awards Gala.

Featured

  • computer network

    How Einstein changes the way government does business

    The Department of Commerce is revising its confidentiality agreement for statistical data survey respondents to reflect the fact that the Department of Homeland Security could see some of that data if it is captured by the Einstein system.

  • Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Army photo by Monica King. Jan. 26, 2017.

    Mattis mulls consolidation in IT, cyber

    In a Feb. 17 memo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told senior leadership to establish teams to look for duplication across the armed services in business operations, including in IT and cybersecurity.

  • Image from Shutterstock.com

    DHS vague on rules for election aid, say states

    State election officials had more questions than answers after a Department of Homeland Security presentation on the designation of election systems as critical U.S. infrastructure.

  • Org Chart Stock Art - Shutterstock

    How the hiring freeze targets millennials

    The government desperately needs younger talent to replace an aging workforce, and experts say that a freeze on hiring doesn't help.

  • Shutterstock image: healthcare digital interface.

    VA moves ahead with homegrown scheduling IT

    The Department of Veterans Affairs will test an internally developed scheduling module at primary care sites nationwide to see if it's ready to service the entire agency.

  • Shutterstock images (honglouwawa & 0beron): Bitcoin image overlay replaced with a dollar sign on a hardware circuit.

    MGT Act poised for a comeback

    After missing in the last Congress, drafters of a bill to encourage cloud adoption are looking for a new plan.

Reader comments

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

More from 1105 Public Sector Media Group