Open Networks for Open Government: Identity in the Web 3.0 Framework

Listen Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 at 2:05pm

The move to adopt Open Trust Networks by the federal government reflects a priority of the Obama Administration to make the federal government more accessible to citizens, lower costs, and to foster greater interoperability and cross-agency cooperation. Many see this new Identity-driven move to build open federations based on trust relationships as a critical step toward a more open, efficient government. To support this vision, the government is defining how these Identity trust relationship will be structured and certifying Trusted Identity Providers as means to secure data, maintain privacy, and prevent identity-theft.

The inaugural step toward this new IT strategy will occur with the introduction of the first Trust Framework supporting services that match OMB’s Level One of Identity. Achieving the benefits from this move will depend on many factors:

  • How will Personal Identity Information be protected?
  • Which services can be enabled immediately and how will PIV cards support this effort?
  • Who are the trust authorities to certify an Identity as authentic and authorized?
  • Who will monitor compliance with standards, security, and privacy guidelines?

The advent of Trust Frameworks and Open Trust Networks promises to transform the relationship between the federal government and citizens, as well as how government departments, the public, and the private sector interact. Identity will be at the center of creating the Trust relationships necessary to make this work.


Our Distinguished Speaker Panelists represent the key government and private sector leaders in this transformation. Booz Allen Hamilton is honored to present their thoughts, opinions and insights on the most recent initiatives, policy directions, and the implications of the recent Gov 2.0 conference.

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Judy Spencer– Co-Chair, Federal Identity Credentialing Committee General Services Administration
Don Thibeau– Open ID Foundation
Peter Alterman– Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Technology Strategy, GSA (formerly, Assistant Chief Information Officer for Electronic Authentication at the National Institutes of Health)
Eric Sachs– Product Manager for Google Security, Google (invited)

About the Panel:

Judith Spencer
Co-Chair, Federal Identity Credentialing Committee
General Services Administration

Ms. Spencer is the Co-Chair, Identity, Credential, and Access Management Subcommittee (ICAMSC) of the Federal CIO Council. She is responsible for building consensus and promoting cross cutting solutions for Federal identity management activities across the four sectors of e-Government: Government to Citizen; Government to Business; Government to Government; and Internal Effectiveness and Efficiencies. This includes citizen outreach solutions, enabling reuse of business solutions, and unified logical/physical credentialing of Federal employees as directed in HSPD 12, Policy for a Common Identification Standard for Federal Employees and Contractors. Ms. Spencer fosters a united approach to Federal Identity Management activities. She is an agency expert for Identity Management and Policy in the Office of Government wide Policy in the U.S. General Services Administration and brings over 35 years of experience in information systems security and identity management arenas.

Donald Thibeau
Executive Director
The Open ID Foundation

Thibeau is the Executive Director of The Open ID Foundation, a standards organization representing the leaders in social media technology. He joined the foundation at the beginning of 2009 to position the organization and its membership for long-term growth. Thibeau has a rich background in the data, identity and social layers of both the phone and web channels. He has both enterprise and entrepreneurial experience in consortium-based business models for data, analytics and web content. An information technology industry expert, Thibeau has had senior management positions with leading organizations including TransUnion, Reed Elsevier and LexisNexis.

Peter Alterman, PhD
Senior Advisor to the CIO for Strategic Initiatives
National Institute of Health

Dr. Alterman is Senior Advisor to the NIH CIO for Strategic Initiatives. He served some time as Deputy Associate Administrator for Technology Policy at the General Services Administration. Before that he was Assistant CIO for e-authentication at the National Institutes of Health and Chair of the U.S. Federal PKI Policy Authority. He has been involved in Internet technology since serving on the Federal Research Internet Coordinating Committee in 1989. In 1997, he received the NIH Director’s Award for “providing innovative leadership to NIH Executives and Managers by identifying and addressing critical issues in managing the information technologies of NIH.” In 2002, he received the E-Gov Pioneer Award and the Potomac Forum Leadership Best Practice Award for the NIH-Educause PKI Interoperability Project. In 2003 he received Special Recognition Awards from the Federal Bridge Certification Authority and the Federal PKI Steering Committee. In 2005 he received a special recognition award from the E-Authentication Partnership for his work on Levels of Assurance determination. In 2008 he received both an NIH Merit Award and an NIH Director’s Award for his pioneering work in federated identity management. He received his Ph.D. in 1974 from the University of Denver.

Eric Sachs
Product Manager
Security and CIO Departments

Eric Sachs has more than 15 years of experience in the areas of user identity and security for hosted Web applications. During his five-plus years at Google, he has worked as a Product Manager for many services, including the Google Account login system, Google Apps for Your Domain, social network, Google Health, Google Security, and Internal Systems. Currently Mr. Sachs works with Google’s CIO on an effort to move Google’s internal systems to cloud-based technologies by leveraging the same developer tools that Google makes available publicly. As part of that work, he is involved with the development of industry standards for data interoperability, including OAuth, OpenID, and OpenSocial. Before Google, Mr. Sachs was CTO and co-founder of Interliant, which provided hosted corporate email services. While at Interliant, Mr. Sachs led co-development projects with both IBM and Microsoft to build platforms for hosting consumer and enterprise Web applications. Mr. Sachs graduated with a B.A. in computer science in 1993 from Rice University.