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Sunday, April 13, 2008
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GSA's USA Services/Intergovernmental Solutions sponsors monthly workshops around topics such as emergency preparedness, environmental monitoring, healthcare and law enforcement.

The upcoming "Exploring Identity Management: Global Landscape and Implications for Stakeholder Engagement Around the National Response Framework" session is focused on the implications of the "National Response Framework [PDF]" to Identity Management.

National Response Framework (NRF) is a guide to how the Nation conducts all-hazards response.  It is built upon scalable, flexible, and adaptable coordinating structures to align key roles and responsibilities across the Nation, linking all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector.  It is intended to capture specific authorities and best practices for managing incidents that range from the serious but purely local, to large-scale terrorist attacks or catastrophic natural disasters.

I had the opportunity to speak with both Susan Turnbull at the GSA as well as Dr. Duane Caneva, Director of Medical Preparedness at the White House Homeland Security Council, who are putting this event together, and came away impressed with their obvious passion in addressing this critical issue.

Basically, this is all about the technical, social and organizational infrastructure that needs to be in place to respond to a Katrina-like or Tsunami-like event.  Identity Management is seen as an enabler in bringing the right people, the right resources and the right information together to help make a difference in responding to a crisis of this magnitude.

I also came away with an action item :-) to discuss with this community how some of the work that I am currently involved with could help out in this particular domain.  The agenda looks pretty interesting and builds upon past events such as the IDTrust 2008 etc. Looking forward to this!


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