The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) recently pledged its support for National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) adoption. NIEM is a partnership of local, state, tribal and federal agencies that supports information exchange standards.

NASCIO also issued a guidance document on how to implement NIEM, which is available for free download on the organization’s website.

“A Call to Action: Information Exchange Strategies for Effective State Government,” provides state CIOs with background, guidance and recommendations in support of a state adoption of NIEM. The model enables jurisdictions to effectively share information in emergency situations and also supports the day-to-day operations of agencies.

“We’re encouraging state government CIOs to bring the NIEM products and capabilities into their enterprise architecture and data management strategy for use across all government lines of business,” said Kyle Schafer, NASCIO president and West Virginia’s chief technology officer, in a statement.

Doug Robinson, NASCIO executive director, said, “We’ve been a longtime partner with the NIEM Initiative. We wanted to offer practical advice to CIOs on how to get started and sustain adoption of NIEM.”

NIEM was launched in February 2005 through a partnership of the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIEM uses a methodology for standardized data, allowing for quick and accurate information exchange.

According to the NIEM website, the partnership’s aim is to:

• bring stakeholders and communities of interest together to identify information sharing requirements in day-to-day operational and emergency situations;

• develop standards, a common lexicon and an online repository of information exchange package documents to support information sharing;

• provide technical tools to support development, discovery, dissemination and re-use of exchange documents; and

• provide training, technical assistance and implementation support services for enterprise-wide information exchange.