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Exchange Network Governance

Network Governance

The Exchange Network currently is governed by the Exchange Network Leadership Council (ENLC) and the Network Operations Board (NOB). In addition, there are two chartered subgroups that identify, consider and recommend solutions on issues related to the Exchange Network. These groups, the Network Technology Group (NTG) and the Network Partnership and Resources Group (NPRG) have members from both the states and EPA. In addition, there are Data Standards Teams that are established as needed to draft data standards.

Current Structure

The current governance structure serves three functions: Network leadership, Network governance, and Network administration. Currently, the ENLC (PDF) (7 pp, 208 K, About PDF) guides the development of the Exchange Network and is responsible for policies and strategic direction, as well as providing leadership for the Network. The mission of the Exchange Network Leadership Council (ENLC) is to provide the Network with political support and leadership; establish strategic direction and planning activities; work to ensure that adequate Network resources are secured; and connect the Network to broader communities of interest.

To ensure that the ENLC draws upon the expertise of a wide range of Partners, its membership consists of EPA and State Co-Chairs and representatives from EPA, States, and Tribes.

The Exchange Network Leadership Council members are:

The Network Operations Board (NOB) oversees the day-to-day operations of the Exchange Network. The mission of the NOB is to establish and maintain operational policies and guidance; manage shared services and infrastructure; manage data standards and format development; manage the development and implementation of Network web services and data exchanges; expeditiously, impartially, and judiciously resolve all Network Partner implementation and operational issues; and elevate issues to the Exchange Network Leadership Council as appropriate.

To ensure that the NOB draws upon the expertise of a wide range of Partners, its membership consists of EPA and State Co-Chairs and representatives from EPA, States, and Tribes.

The Network Operations Board Members are:

The NOB uses input from subgroups that discuss and develop recommendations for their consideration. The NTG is responsible for the day-to-day operation and the technology of the Network, and the NPRG (PDF) (8 pp, 47 K, About PDF) is responsible for policy and resource planning.

Affiliated Groups:

The mission of the Network Technology Group (NTG) is to identify, deliberate, and provide recommendations to the Network Operations Board (NOB) on operational and technical issues; to implement technical and operational decisions made by the NOB; and to provide direction for the management of Network infrastructure resources.

To ensure that the NTG draws upon the expertise of a wide range of Partners, its membership consists of EPA and State Co-Chairs and representatives from EPA, States, and Tribes.

The Network Technology Group members are:

 

Tribal representatives have been serving on EN Governance groups since 2005. These representatives form the Tribal Governance Group (TGG) and support Tribal participation in the Network. The TGG includes representatives from across Indian Country, as well as national and regional Tribal organizations.  For questions, suggestions, or comments about the TGG, please contact Robert Holden at robert_holden [at] ncai.org.

The Tribal Governance Group members are:

The mission of the Network Partnership and Resources Group (NPRG) is to provide planning, analysis, recommendations, and implementation support to the Network Operations Board and the Exchange Network Leadership Council on activities such as coordination with the Exchange Network Grant Program; emerging funding sources (including work on grant alignment); Network communications, outreach, and education; and maintenance of the Network Project Plan.

To ensure that the NPRG draws upon the expertise of a wide range of Partners, its membership consists of EPA and State Co-Chairs and representatives from EPA, States, and Tribes.

The members of the Network Partnership and Resources Group are:

 

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