Federal Hot Minute July 15, 2012

      When the government business married the technology business, the offspring became a language built on acronyms. One acronym worth noting is NIEM. It stands for the National Information Exchange Model.

      Its website says “NIEM connects communities of people who share a common need to exchange information” in order to enable better decision making. NIEM helps “connect the dots."

      Over the past seven years ago, a long list of domestic and foreign governments have adopted NIEM protocols; such as the Justice Department’s Amber Alert, the FBI’s National Data Exchange and a European initiative to combat organized crime called EPOC.

      Richard Spires, CIO at DHS, whose office oversees NIEM, says “NIEM represents the best return on investment for our taxpayer dollars that I know of."

      There are countless acronyms in the business of government. Take note of one acronym however that stands for innovation and improved efficiency, NIEM.

      I’m Steve Vito of UpsonVito.

      Related links:

      NIEM website

      Memo of Understanding (MoU) between US, Canada and Mexico on a framework for exchanging data.

      EPOC’s Use of NIEM

      NIEM director offers four tips on information sharing.

      White House tells agencies to use same framework to exchange information.

      DHS law enforcement agents moving to mobile, but not for several years.