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.
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