NSTIC implementation group solidifies roles and responsibilities


The Identity Ecosystem Steering Group recently took steps to clarify its operations and governance structure. The group adopted Nov. 11 the Rules of Association (.pdf) with approval from 97 percent of the IDESG voting members.

The rules provide detail on the many levels of participation in the group, the structure and responsibilities of the group, conflicts of interest, how general elections and meetings will be held, and how decisions will be made.

The IDESG is tasked with implementing the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace under a grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. It's mission is to stand up an online environment that will allow people to validate their identities securely, but with minimized disclosure when they are conducting online transactions.

One provision of the Rules of Association already requires action on the part of the IDESG. Provisio 4 requires that a membership agreement and intellectual property rights policy be presented and considered for adoption.

On Dec. 1, the group posted a proposed membership agreement and IP rights policy, and opened the documents for electronic voting by eligible members Dec. 3 with voting to close Dec. 17. According to the recently-adopted rules, IP rights policy may be amended from time to time by the plenary, and will cover the utilization of patents, copyrights and other legal considerations.

The steering group's 13 committees--focusing on topics such accreditation and certification, policy coordination, and NSTIC applications in healthcare--also recently posted draft charters to the IDESG website, which are now under review. The proposed charters were one topic of discussion at the group's second plenary meeting, which was held Nov. 26 and 27 in Washington, D.C.

For more:
- download the IDESG Rules of Association (.pdf)
- read all the proposed committee charters

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