Announcing the Standards Coordinating Council

Today, I’d like to highlight the great work of the Standards Coordinating Council (SCC), an advisory working group operating under the auspices of the White House interagency policy committee that I co-chair with the White House’s National Security Staff. The SCC is established using special authorities in our enabling legislation. The SCC provides advice and counsel on matters related to information sharing standards and responsible information sharing matters. As the Information Sharing Environment continues to mature in topics such as cybersecurity, standards-based acquisition, policy automation, and alignment of standards that accelerate interoperability across organizations and domains of activity, the work of the SCC will be vital to our success.

Our work with the SCC is organized under OMB Circular A-119 and its emphasis on voluntary consensus standards, and OMB Circular A-130 and its emphasis on effective and efficient planning, implementation, and management of information resources. In addition, my office – and the SCC – fully supports the ideas presented in the President’s memo on open government and transparency, which he signed on his first day in office.

Who is on the SCC?

The SCC is composed of industry consortia and standards development organizations, including the Object Management Group, IJIS , Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), Association for Enterprise Integration, American Council for Technology – Industry Advisory Council, OASIS, Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative, the National Information Exchange Model Program Management Office, and AFCEA. Membership is not limited to these organizations. Under their own steam, these organizations made the decision to align with the National Strategy for Information Sharing and Safeguarding.

What does the SCC do? Simple: align, coordinate and advance responsible information sharing and information sharing standards by identifying actionable common requirements. That includes activities such as:

  • Identifying standards activities that can be coordinated across standards development organizations for greater return on resources
  • Listening to stakeholders to understand opportunities to develop or integrate technical and functional roadmaps
  • Coordinate governance processes across multiple organizations to streamline standards maintenance and development activities
  • Facilitate interaction between private sector standards activities and organizations like the Federal CIOs Council

To date, SCC member organizations have compiled an impressive track record:

  • IJIS is heavily involved in the New Jersey Statewide ISE project, a national model for statewide and regional Information Sharing Environments, where state and local entities leverage national standards and best practices under their own authorities and to serve their own missions, and share more broadly in policy-compliant ways.
  • IJIS also recently published a white paper on acquisition reform, done in conjunction with non-SCC members National Association of State CIOs, National Association of Procurement Officers, National Association of Counties, and Tech America.
  • IJIS also initiated the Springboard project, providing certification of conformance to inter-operability profiles based on OGC’s process, and most recently are collaborating with OASIS to establish the electronic court case filing standard developed by OASIS task force.
  • OMG facilitated the development and adoption of the NIEM UML Profile.
  • OGC led an industry driven project, Geo4NIEM, which provides better guidance and implementation for using GML within NIEM to support evolving practitioner needs for geospatial information sharing.
  • ACT-IAC developed a white paper on standards based acquisition. (One of our planned activities for 2014 is, in conjunction with agency partners, to integrate ideas coming separately from IJIS and ACT-IAC, with input and guidance from the procurement community, to develop an agreed-upon handbook and training materials for standards-based acquisition).
  • OMG is leading the development of a UML Profile for the Global Reference Architecture in 2014.

How do you get engaged? Here are a few ideas: