How is Your NIEM Mojo Doing? Best of NIEM Awards

Apr 5, 2011   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog  //  No Comments

The National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) is a set of information exchange data models for federal, state, and local governments and their partners.  It started with a group of local and state organizations wanting to share data and needing to set standards to make that happen.  Since then it has expanded to other agencies and organizations and will be used internationally very soon.

I attended the NIEM National Training event and am helping with the upcoming event this fall.  More on that in a future post.

The Best of NIEM Awards program is calling for applications.  If your organization has implemented NIEM to make the world a better place for all of us, get your submission ready before 7 June 2011.

A grassroots initiative, NIEM was born as a best practice developed by a handful of state and local practitioners. Today, we have adoption across all 50 states and are on the verge of international adoption. The broad community of federal, state and local practitioners have great NIEM success stories and we want to make sure they are properly recognized.

Do you know of a team or organization that represents the Best of NIEM? If so, be sure to read the guidelines and submit by June 7th!

Honoree Benefits include:
– Bragging rights and recognition.
– Exposure on the special awards page on
– Receive an award in front of your peers at the NIEM 2011 National Training Event on August 23–25 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Award criteria, eligibility, nomination form, and other important details can be found at:

Previous Best of NIEM awards winners are:

USCIS Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) Program

The United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States.

HHS-Connect, Information Architecture and Development

CONNECT is a consortium of five states that have agreed to pool their collective expertise to make interstate information sharing a reality.

Disaster Assistance Improvement Program (DAIP) Program Management Office

The Disaster Assistance Improvement Program (DAIP) exists to ease the burden of victims by creating a single access point for more than 40 federally funded forms of assistance (FOA). DAIP will consolidate benefit information, application intake, and status information into a unified system.

Colorado Integrated Criminal Justice Information System

The Colorado Integrated Criminal Justice Information System (CICJIS) is an integrated computer information system that links five state-level criminal justice agencies—law enforcement, prosecution, courts, adult corrections, and juvenile corrections—to create one virtual criminal justice information system.

Emergency Operation Center—Interconnectivity (EOC-i)

Paragon Technology Group is a fast-growing 8(a), woman-owned, small, disadvantaged business (WOSB, SDB) company headquartered in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia. Paragon has been recognized as a top 8a firm in Virginia, a top small business in the United States, and one of the 50 fastest-growing companies in the Washington, DC, area.

Read more about these award-winning programs at

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