What are the goals and objectives of the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM)?

The goal of the NIEM is to prevent fragmentation and semantic non-interoperability in Extensible Markup Language (XML) standards within and across agencies through a proactive collaborative initiative, to develop and implement common XML information sharing standards that meet critical homeland security data exchange needs.


The NIEM has the following objectives:


·        Develop a unified strategy within the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Justice (DOJ) for an XML-based information sharing capability.

·         Develop an initial implementation of the NIEM that satisfies Executive Order (EO) 13356 and Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD)-11.

·         Develop an exchange layer for the XML profile implementation of the Federal Enterprise Architecture Data Reference Model (FEA DRM).

·         Develop an XML profile of NIEM that implements the FEA DRM.

·         Provide technical assistance and training to local, state, tribal, and federal organizations seeking to implement revisions to the GJXDM and support the new national standards emerging from joint efforts under this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

·         Develop and demonstrate an application of the NIEM for the Bureau of Border and Transportation Security (BTS) operational domain involving customs and border patrol agent data exchange as the first pilot.

·         Build out a framework for many pilot use cases under the umbrella of the NIEM.