NIEM 3.2 EM Domain Schema Available

The NIEM EM Domain has uploaded the submitted version of the NIEM 3.2 EM Domain schema to the EM Collaboration Zone. This package contains revisions from the recent GTRI review and modifications associated with the formal release of NIEM 3.2. As always, we want to thank those members of the community that took the time to participate, review associated materials and provide comments. 

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President Obama Signs Cybersecurity Act of 2015 to Encourage Cybersecurity Information Sharing

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that contained the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 (the “Act”), a compromise bill based on competing cybersecurity information sharing bills that passed the House and Senate earlier this year. The Act creates a voluntary cybersecurity information sharing process designed to encourage public and private sector entities to share cyber threat information.1

Summary of Key Provisions

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Cybersecurity Top Concern for State CIOs

It should come as no surprise that cybersecurity is the top concern for state IT executives.

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Standards Are Crucial to Successful Open Data Policies

Data standards create a common structure that facilitates information sharing, inter-organizational cooperation and the ability to build on past successes — all important ingredients to driving data-smart innovation.

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Global Releases Two Reference Service Standards: Arrest Reporting and Disposition Reporting

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)—in response to recommendations from the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global), a Federal Advisory Committee (FAC) to the U.S.

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Year in Review and Future Activities - NIEM Emergency Management Domain

2015 was a productive year for both NIEM and the EM domain. As NIEM (the program) focused on developing and refining new utilities and processes to support all domains and adopters, the EM domain matured both in terms of community/member solidity and overall program contribution. 

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ONC Issues 2016 Interoperability Standards Catalog

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, or ONC, issued late last month its 2016 catalog of standards for interoperable health IT, which incorporates two rounds of public comments and recommendations made in response to the inaugural 2015 document.

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White House Engages Organizations in Global Cybersecurity Standards Development

The Obama administration issued a strategy late last month that it hopes will better position the United States government to support the development of international cybersecurity standards.

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Natl. Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office Exercise

The National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO) recently facilitated a three-day maritime information sharing exercise with 13 participating and supporting organizations in the Chesapeake Bay. The overarching objective was to achieve a more collaborative and effective vessel tracking and alerting services for maritime law enforcement agencies.

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Using Trustmarks to Enable More Agile Information Sharing and Access Agreements within the ISE

The Information Sharing Environment (ISE) is populated with a broad spectrum of agencies at all levels of government representing a diverse array of concerns that includes law enforcement, first responders, healthcare, and other services.

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