The Exchange Network is jointly governed by representatives from EPA, States, Territories, and Tribes. Exchange Network Governance is composed of:
- Exchange Network Leadership Council (ENLC). The primary leadership body of the Exchange Network, the ENLC establishes policy and strategic direction; anticipates resource needs and develops plans for securing them; oversees data standards development; connects the Network to broader communities of interest; and charters Integrated Project Teams (IPTs) to create specific products, services, and deliverables for the Network.
- Network Technology Board (NTB). A subgroup of the ENLC, the NTB is the Network’s lead operational and technical body. The NTB identifies, tests, and prototypes solutions to technical issues; establishes and maintains technical procedures, standards, and guidance; manages shared services, resources, and infrastructure; tracks emerging and changing technologies; reviews and comments on IPT deliverables; and provides technical support to the ENLC.
The ENLC Co-Chairs, NTB Co-Chairs, and Exchange Network Coordinator comprise the EN Coordination Team. The Team manages day-to-day operations of the Network and coordination of Governance activities; implements Governance policy, technical, and operational decisions; ensures the establishment and maintenance of operational procedures, standards, and guidance; manages staff support and resources for Network operations, communications, and IPTs; helps direct the development and implementation of Network web services and data exchanges; works to resolve Network Partner implementation and operational issues; and refer issues to the ENLC or NTB as appropriate.
Governance developed the Action Plan for Completing Phase 1 of the National Environmental Information Exchange Network. The Final Phase 1 Implementation Matrix is available here. The December 19, 2012, Message from the ENLC Co-Chairs discussed the completion of Phase 1 and outlined plans for Phase 2.
In Phase 2, the ENLC will enhance the Network so that it becomes easier to use and more responsive to the needs of environmental decision makers, regulatory practitioners, the public, and other consumers of environmental information.
The ENLC has prepared an Implementation Plan for Phase 2 that will guide Network activities from 2013-2016. In the Plan, the ENLC identified four goals for Phase 2 and a set of underlying strategies and actions aimed at achieving these goals. The Plan’s Executive Summary broadly reviews these goals and strategies.
- Radiation Data IPT
- E-Enterprise Architecture and Services Integrated Project Team IPT
- ICIS-Air Electronic Data Transfer IPT
- Shared CROMERR Services and Components IPT
- ATTAINS IPT (Coming Soon)
The Tribal Governance Group is an ad hoc group of Tribal professionals that work to support management and communication of Tribes’ environmental data and advocate for Tribal interests in the Exchange Network. Several TGG members also serve as representatives on the ENLC and the NTB.