The Standards Coordinating Council (SCC) is an association of associations that have come together to achieve the common goal of promoting and implementing information sharing and safeguarding standards.
The Program Manager of the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE) is the SCC and Project Interoperability project sponsor, and chair for the SCC. (Find out more about the PM-ISE at their website or by viewing their Annual Report to Congress.)
SCC Program Management Office
The IJIS Institute, Object Management Group (OMG), and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) make up the SCC Program Management Office (PMO), with the IJIS Institute serving as the lead. The PMO ensures that proper SCC management, document maintenance, outreach and communication, and training is developed and provided to the stakeholders. The PMO manages the day-to-day operations of the program and coordinates and supports the efforts of the various governing bodies.
SCC Working Groups
Operational issues are coordinated by seven working groups comprised of volunteer members that span a number of organizations and levels of government currently involved in information sharing and standards.
Addresses the business-related aspects of information needs and requirements. Ensures that the technical solutions are derived from, and driven by, the needs of users to share information across geographic, organizational, and functional boundaries. Draws from the field the requirements, use cases, and general needs for improved information sharing and the proper use of standards. Provides initial framing of issues and project/pipeline management.
Provides the technical guidance on implementing information sharing and safeguarding capabilities, such as Common Profiles, that use different frameworks, standards, architectures, tools, and best practices.
Represents technical subject matter experts engaged in key stakeholder agencies/organizations and communites of interest they represent, system developers across all levels and branches of government, and standards development organization members. Responsible for developing and maintaining SCC taxonomy and guidance on the architecture and frameworks. Initial work objectives are to define methodology on how to reach consensus on achieving interoperability for different frameworks such as the Geospatial Interoperability Reference Architecture (GIRA), Data Aggregation Reference Architecture (DARA), and the ISE Information Interoperability Framework (I2F). Responsible for providing guidance in the development of the profile/s including Common Profile, UML profile, and other relevant profiles.
Promote and assure controlled, secure, and authorized sharing of information by recommending best practices for security guidelines, technologies, and procedures that meet the requirements for responsible and trusted information sharing in the applicable community of practice. Relevant context for this working group includes operational capability, exchange patterns, technical standards, technical capabilities, and exchange specifications. Defines key concepts around identity, access, and authorization of users to enable secure, authorized access to the right information at the right time. Addresses the following security implications for interoperability: proper security controls to ensure the protection of information as it is exchanged within and across security fabrics; access authorization controls to protect shared data assets; metadata to tag the data and describe its pedigree, lineage, source, timeliness, confidence, or other attributes associated with trust; and digital security rules, guidelines, and standards for securely exchanging data and services.
Responsible for developing and recommending best practices for personal data and privacy protection in information sharing and safeguarding activities, in support of the privacy protection and enhancement requirements of the National Strategy for Information Sharing and Safeguarding, and related policy statements and executive orders. (These may include, but are not limited to, National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), Executive Order 13636 - Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, and Executive Order 13691 - Promoting Private Sector Cybersecurity Information Sharing.) May choose to develop cross-cutting requirements and guidance for privacy protection for application across information sharing and safeguarding practices generally. Where desirable, may review, and formulate a privacy considerations assessment statement to accompany, major framework elements approved by the SCC (such as Common Profiles and pipeline projects).
Crucial to gaining the buy-in and active participation that is needed to successfully foster information sharing and the adoption of standards. Key functions include distribution of project information, management of stakeholder expectations, training management, and communication of project performance.
Provides a means of testing the outcomes of the various working groups, the SCC as a whole, and Project Interoperability using a variety of metrics such as the Life Cycle Maturity Model (LCMM).