Since its conception in January 1994, the SDI Group has provided an effective forum for the exchange of ideas, methods, and data related to sustainable development indicators. Throughout 1995, the SDI Group provided information and advice to the President's Council on Sustainable Development (PCSD). In it's February 1996 report, the PCSD recommended that the Federal government should strengthen and intensify the current efforts of the SDI Group. Acting on this recommendation, the current Administration pledged support for the SDI Group. The SDI Group currently reports to the Council on Environmental Quality in the Executive Branch of the Federal government.
Memoranda of Agreement formalize participation in the SDI Group. Each participating agency will contribute resources to support the SDI Group: personnel, office space, funds, equipment, or data. As of May 1996, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Commerce, and the Environmental protection Agency have all signed Memoranda of Agreement.