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Environmental Information Exchange Network Grant Program

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Purpose of this program:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and states, tribes, and territories are working together to develop a nationwide Environmental Information Exchange Network Grant Program. The Exchange Network is an Internet- and standards-based, secure information systems network among EPA and its partners. The Exchange Network is designed to support the electronic reporting and exchange of environmental data and information, facilitate the integration of data from different sources, and provide timely access to environmental data and information. Using the Exchange Network, EPA and its partners will ultimately be able to provide access to a wealth of environmental and health-related data collected by many different Federal, state, and local government agencies/departments and regulated facilities. EPA and its State partners are building nodes on the Exchange Network, which will provide an efficient and effective means for submitting and receiving data. These Exchange Network nodes will streamline data transactions among EPA and its partners and make it easier to identify and obtain the data needed for environmental decision-making and environmental program management. The Exchange Network Grant Program is designed to support efforts by states, territories, and Federally Recognized Indian Tribes to develop the information management and technology (IM/IT) capabilities needed to participate fully in the Exchange Network. The grant program also supports the development, testing, and implementation of State nodes; the development of Exchange Network data flows [e.g., using Extensible Markup Language (XML) schema]; and the planning and development of collaborative, innovative uses of the Exchange Network. Funding Priority: The priorities of the Exchange Network Grant Program are to support the following: 1. Projects that directly help states, territories, and tribes develop the information technology and information management capabilities needed to participate in the Exchange Network. 2. Projects to develop, test, and implement Exchange Network nodes. 3. Pprojects to plan, develop, and implement key environmental data flows using the Exchange Network. 4. Collaborative, innovative projects that demonstrate the use of the Exchange Network to enhance data sharing and environmental decision-making.