FICAM TFS TEM on Identity Resolution Needs for Online Service Delivery

The FICAM Trust Framework Solutions (TFS) Program is convening public and private sector experts in identity proofing, identity resolution and privacy for an Identity Resolution Needs for Online Service Delivery Technical Exchange Meeting (TEM) on 5/1/14 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST in Washington, DC.


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Event Location: GSA, 1800 F St NW, Washington, DC 20405

In-person event logistics information will be provided to registered attendees. Remote attendance information will be made available to registered attendees who are not able to attend in-person.

Questions? Please contact the FICAM TFS Program at


Identity attributes that are used to uniquely distinguish between individuals (versus describing individuals) are referred to as identifiers. Identity resolution is the ability to resolve identity attributes to a unique individual (e.g. no other individual has the same set of attributes) within a particular context.

Within the context of enabling high value and sensitive online government services to citizens and businesses, the ability to uniquely resolve the identity of an individual is critical to delivering government benefits, entitlements and services.

As part of the recent update to FICAM TFS, we recognized the Agency need for standardized approaches to identity resolution in our Approval process for Credential Service Providers (CSPs) and Identity Managers (IMs).

The study done by the NASPO IDPV Project, "Establishment of Core Identity Attribute Sets & Supplemental Identity Attributes – Report of the IDPV Identity Resolution Project (February 17, 2014)" is currently being used as an industry based starting point for addressing this need. The study proposed 5 equivalent attribute bundles that are sufficient to uniquely distinguish between individuals in at least 95% of cases involving the US population.


However, the FICAM TFS Program recognizes that the NASPO IDPV study, while a starting point, is just the start and not the end. As such, we are convening this TEM to:
  • Articulate the identity federation needs of government agencies as it relates to identity resolution that balances identity assurance, privacy respecting approaches and cost-effectiveness
  • Solicit feedback from participants with expertise in identity proofing and attribute management on publicly sharable data, studies and approaches that enable unique identity resolution within the U.S. population for the explicit purpose of delivering high value online government services
  • Identify short-comings in current studies on this topic, discuss factors to mitigate them, and identify areas to focus on for near term and future research investments


If you have expertise in identity resolution, identity proofing and related privacy aspects, and have data-backed research and results to share on this topic, we are interested in hearing from you. Please contact us at by COB 4/16/14 with your proposed discussion topic.

DRAFT AGENDA for 05/01/2014

09:00 AM - 09:30 AM Attendee Check-In
09:30 AM - 10:10 AM Welcome & TEM Overview/Goals/Level Set

10:15 AM - 11:10 AM Agency Viewpoint Panel on Identity Resolution + Privacy
[CMS, DHS, GSA, NIST, SSA, State Dept - Moderated by NIST]
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM Audience Discussion / Q&A

11:45 AM - 01:00 PM LUNCH (On your own) & NETWORKING

01:00 PM - 01:55 PM Industry Viewpoint Panel on Identity Resolution + Privacy
[CertiPath, Experian, ID/DataWeb, LexisNexis, SecureKey, Socure, Symantec - Moderated by NIST]
02:00 PM - 02:30 PM Audience Discussion / Q&A

02:30 PM - 02:45 PM BREAK

02:45 PM - 03:40 PM Joint Panel on Business Models / Cost / Innovation
[Agency & Industry Panelists - Moderated by Kantara Initiative]
03:45 PM - 04:15 PM Audience Discussion and Q&A

04:15 PM - Event Wrap-up

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:- by Anil John
:- Program Manager, FICAM Trust Framework Solutions