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Foundations, Hurricanes and Forward Progress

The last two weeks have been full of activity around NSTIC implementation – and thanks to the weather, have challenged NSTIC stakeholders to be incredibly flexible in finding creative ways to move NSTIC forward. 

As many of you know, our planned October 29-30 in-person plenary of the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG) was cancelled thanks to Hurricane Sandy.  We’re pleased that the in-person portion of the plenary has been rescheduled – it will now take place November 26-27 at the Washington Convention Center – but were even more pleased to see that the cancellation of the in-person meeting had little impact on forward progress in the IDESG.

This weekend, the IDESG membership voted to approve its Rules of Association, which will govern how the IDESG will organize and function in crafting an Identity Ecosystem Framework. The vote moved forward thanks to the resolve of IDESG members, who were quick to shift deliberations on the Rules to two virtual meetings.  On behalf of the NSTIC National Program Office, I wish to thank the members of the Governance Task Force – especially the chairs, Dazza Greenwood and Eric Scace – for all the hard work they put in on this effort and congratulate them on a successful outcome. 

I also want to commend IDESG Plenary Chair Bob Blakely for making the quick call to shift the meeting to a virtual format, as well as the IDESG Secretariat for finding ways to support it.  And of course, I want to thank all of you who made the effort to participate in the virtual meetings – in many cases, opting to do so while storm winds were swirling around you. 

These new Rules of Association provide a solid governance foundation that will allow the IDESG to move forward, with a keen focus on crafting a framework for the Identity Ecosystem.  More importantly, the Rules are the result of a consensus process – driven not by the government, but by members of this new Steering Group.

With the governance debate now behind us,  I look forward to seeing all of you at the in-person IDESG Plenary November 26-27 in Washington, D.C., and collaborating in the working groups and standing committees to make the Identity Ecosystem a reality.

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