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NASCIO All-States Briefing – The Imperative for Digital Identity in the States

  • August 2010
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Federal, state, local, and tribal governments currently issue numerous credentials to constituents for access to facilities or services based on a variety of endorsements. Many of the endorsements provide citizens with access to federally funded programs, but the issuance of credentials remains program-specific and has become a redundant process for many agencies and departments. By issuing a digital identity that has multi-platform credentialing options, it will result in improved efficiency and convenience for both users and issuers. To the extent such credential is honored by commercial entities, it will also improve efficiency and security of commercial transactions, including on-line transactions.

In an effort to lower the amount of data breaches and curtail identity theft, effective policies must enable trust across organizational, operational, physical, and network boundaries. The resulting framework will promote data security, privacy, and the high assurance authentication needed to secure information sharing and transparency in government. Guidance on the approach to identity management will encourage a shift away from stove-piped applications to an enterprise view of identity that enables use without creating redundant sources that are difficult to protect and keep current.

The educational briefing will present an overview of the benefits of using a federated trust network in collaboration with other state agencies.

Opening remarks:

  • Doug Robinson, Executive Director for NASCIO

Speakers:

  • Tony Tortorice is the Chief Information Officer for the State of Washington. As CIO of the Department of Information Systems he provides leadership, policy, and service choices for the use of information technology within state and local agencies, the education sector, tribal governments, and qualifying non-profit groups. 
  • Bill Kehoe is the Chief Information Officer for the Washington State Department of Licensing. As the CIO for the Department of Licensing he contributed to the role out of the enhanced driver license (EDL) and enhanced ID card (EID) in the State of Washington. The EDL/EID securely denotes identity and citizenship, and is an acceptable alternative to a passport for re-entry into the U.S. at land and sea border crossings.
  • Ken Boley is the Director of Intergovernmental Initiatives at the Office of the Chief Technology Officer in Washington, DC. He has worked extensively on the DC One Card program and development of a universal credential strategy for access to DC government facilities and programs. 

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