State CIOs get grant to promote information sharing

The national organization representing state chief information officers has received a $500,000 grant from the Justice Department to promote the concept of a common framework that would enable information sharing at all levels of government.

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers of Lexington, Ky., plans to involve agencies outside of the justice community in the enterprise architecture initiative, including the Environmental Protection Agency, and the departments of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security and Transportation.

Doug Elkins, the chairman of NASCIO's EA committee and Arkansas CIO, said that the group's EA program already has been a catalyst for other similar federal state and local initiatives.

The grant was awarded by the Office of Justice Programs' Bureau of Justice Assistance.

The final grant proposal contains eight initiatives for the group's 2006 and 2007 program years. They are:
  • Promote the Global Justice Exchange Data Model (GJXDM) as an implementation choice for XML

  • Expand GJXDM to include environmental protection requirements

  • Promote the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) and its expansion into other lines of business

  • Provide liaison between the NIEM initiative and other states

  • Market and promote existing NASCIO Enterprise Architecture Portfolio of Products

  • Provide enterprise architecture technical assistance to the states

  • Identify and catalog critical information exchanges between different lines of business and levels of government

  • Address the data quality issues related to information sharing

The focus of NASCIO's EA program is to provide a portfolio of products and services that will aid states in proving excellence in government through quality business practices, information management and technology policy.

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William Welsh is a freelance writer covering IT and defense technology.

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