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OK -- I (perhaps foolishly) mentioned this way back in March -- I've been on a reality TV show. We appealed the front of our house as part of the television Home & Garden Network program Curb Appeal. Well, all this time later, the program is going to air on Sunday morning (GULP!). Here in DC, we're on against Meet the Press, and they have Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton and former Fed Chairman Allan Greenspan, so with any luck, nobody will see it.

In a more business related appearance, here in DC, I will be on Maryland Public Television program BusinessNow talking about identity management. That program airs at 11a on Maryland Public Television. I was on a panel that was led by ITAA chief Phil Bond. This is the first of two panels that we did. We used to do a segment with BusinessNow, but, to be honest, I couldn't determine whether anybody saw the program. To be honest, I didn't even watch it. (Don't tell!) It will be interesting to see how they edit it down, but the discussion we had in the studio was quite interesting.

Here is what ITAA is sending out about the program:

Identity Management – Are people who they say they are?

In the years since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, that’s become a critical question when people apply for a driver’s license, cross U.S. borders or board a commercial airplane – just to name a few examples.

This Sunday, technology’s role in this critical homeland security mission is at issue for the latest ITAA’s Tech Talk Roundtable segment on BusinessNow Capital Edition.

Joining host and ITAA President and CEO Phil Bond will be:

•Kathy Kraninger – Director of the Office of Screening Coordination at the Department of Homeland Security
•Gordon Hannah – Managing Director for BearingPoint’s Public Sector Security and Identity Management Group
•And Chris Dorobek – Editor in Chief of Federal Computer Week magazine

The Department of Homeland security, in conjunction with other federal, state and local agencies, is operating dozens of programs designed to answer that question.

But six years and millions of dollars later are we any safer? Will all of these programs work together, or will Americans hoping for stronger security have to settle for more ID cards? Are citizens and taxpayers realizing all of the benefits cutting edge technology has to offer? What about privacy, security and other issues these efforts raise?

ITAA’s Tech Talk airs Sunday, September 23 throughout the Washington - Baltimore area on Maryland Public Television at 11:00 a.m. ET as part of BusinessNow Capital Edition, a news magazine that takes viewers inside the beltway to really see how IT is changing the way government does business. You can watch the show online beginning at that time by clicking on the following link: mms://wm.dvlabs.com/batv/9.23.07_Tech Talk_Air.wmv

... Quotes


I think it’s going to be one of those enabling technologies that just helps agencies, organizations and everybody do things that we never envisioned that you could do before.

Yes, it’s possible to screen out everybody, but A) How long are people willing to wait in line? You need to have commerce. You need to be able to move around the country. How many…you know, can we even afford it? You know the government has spent a lot of money on this U.S. Visitors program which seeks to track not only when people come into the country, but also when they leave. The coming in was relatively easy. A lot of the systems and processes were at least partially in place. So they’ve been able to do that. It’s getting out. How do you measure when people leave? It’s much more difficult.
Everybody says, ‘Well, this is technology. You just plug and play.’ It’s not quite that easy and I think that’s part of issue you’re seeing.

I think the concept behind the real ID is an important one. It is the standard: The driver’s license is the standard everybody uses, for all intents and purposes. And there should be some kind of backing so it’s not the weakest link anymore.

(Real ID)There needs to be a new formation, a new dialogue sort of--- federal, state and local—involving them all so it’s no longer people pointing fingers, which tends to happen.


It is a risk management perspective that we’re taking with these programs. So we have to look at the environment where we are concerned about who people are and whether they’re who they say they are.
I would say it is a balance—not just from the security perspective, but also from the privacy side. There are a lot of people who are concerned about the federal government having a data base on U.S. citizens or on everyone entering the United States, how that is used, how that information is applied.

(Real ID)The state and local governments do have a responsibility here. And it’s not just about federal money. It’s about matching that at the state and local level and matching that commitment and understanding again why it is we’re doing what we’re doing. And I think I have found that.

One of the things we found in implementing these very advances, I call them old “ID cards on steroids” types of identity documents is that it can actually increase the individual sense of privacy by letting them contain or hold on to the information.

I think the commercial space has led and spent a lot of time on what I call back end—Identity issuance and authentication. You know when we log onto a website today, our identity is being authenticated more or less by the information we previously provide. So that rapid ability to digitally process identity is something that I think comes really directly from the commercial sector.

Posted on Sep 24, 2007 at 12:17 PM


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