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The National Information Exchange Model

  • 2022-03-17
  • 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM
  • Teams meeting


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The National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) – The “Grand Translator” for data exchange


An organization’s ability to effectively serve its customers hinges on the availability of current, accurate, and relevant information. The National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) is a community-driven, standards-based approach to exchanging information. Diverse communities can collectively leverage NIEM to increase efficiencies and improve decision-making. NIEM is a common vocabulary that enables efficient information exchange across diverse public and private organizations. NIEM can save time and money by providing consistent, reusable data definitions and reusable processes. NIEM is available to everyone, including both public and private organizations.

NIEM includes a data model, governance, training, tools, technical support services, and an active community to assist users in adopting a standards-based approach to exchanging data. This session will provide you with a NIEM overview and some practical applications.


Katherine Escobar is the Deputy Division Chief for the Joint Staff’s J6 Data and Services Division. In this position, Katherine’s responsibilities include enterprise information technology, enterprise knowledge management, IT policy and standards, including information assurance, cyber security, and distributed networks that include Joint, interagency, and NATO organizations and capabilities. She is responsible for the oversight of the three branches of the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) Management Office’s business, technical, and strategic communications, as well as the public-facing NIEM Business Architecture and Technical Architecture Committees.

Michael “Mike” Phillips has a long, 3-decade history of thought leadership addressing data integration, quality and exchanges. Mike has extensive experience working with state, local, tribal, federal and international governments and agencies, as well as corporate clients, to improve data quality.

He was the project manager for one of the largest state level adoptions of the National Information exchange Model (NIEM) to implement data exchanges between over 200 law enforcement agencies to insure the sharing of warrant information, suspicious activities, arrests and incidents in answer to the 9/11 attack.

Mike is active in several Health and Human Services modernization projects across the country and is working to establish date exchange guidelines to improve and protect the quality of life for our citizens.

Mike is also a NIEM evangelist internationally, encouraging the adoption of NIEM for data sharing across country boarders and within their infrastructures. Mike is the founder of the Data Administration Management Association (DAMA) Chicago Chapter and was on the founding Board of DAMA International.

Paul Wormeli consults for government and the commercial sector in the application of information technology to public service.. He has introduced innovative programs in public policy as well as innovations in the use of technology. He has managed the development of software products resulting in system implementation for dozens of agencies throughout the world, and has managed national programs in support of advanced information sharing.

Mr. Wormeli was appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Deputy Administrator of the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA) in the U.S. Department of Justice. He led the development of a common protocol for interconnecting diverse proprietary protocols to enable the nationwide sharing of criminal history information. He created and was the first full-time Executive Director of the IJIS Institute, a non-profit dedicated to engaging industry in helping government agencies improve information sharing using advanced technology.


Doors open ~11:40 MT. Please join us early to check in and say Hi.

Chit chat and chapter news @11:55. Speakers will be introduced at 12:00 Noon Sharp!

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