BEAT THE CHIP: DC Talk Forum Seeks to Seduce

Posted: September 15, 2008 in conference, Deadlines, IDs, Real ID, SmartCards

“The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use and widespread application of smart card technology.”

Thanks alot, Big Brother. We hope you go bankrupt.

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What affect will the new administration have on the widespread adoption of government smart card identity and security initiatives currently underway? The 7th Annual Smart Cards in Government Conference will look at the industry challenged with meeting a new administration’s timetable and market demands, as well as what lies ahead for government issuers, accreditation and testing authorities, and procurement programs.

“This event is where colleagues will gather to look ahead to the next four years, share first-hand experiences and gain a thorough understanding of best practices and technologies available to help them achieve theirprogram goals,” said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance, the conference organizer. It will be held October 22 – 24, 2008 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in downtownWashington, D.C. Register for the conference by visiting the Smart Cards in Government Web site.

Eight hundred attendees will join leaders from the federal government and industry in an interactive, instructive forum on the business issues, implementation, best practices, and technology advances happening in thegovernment identity and security market. The three-day conference featuresmore than 75 speakers in keynotes, plenary sessions, and concurrent tracksessions focusing on technical, business and implementation issues, andinclude:

— Karen Evans, administrator of e-government and IT, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), on “Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 12 – Four Years Later”– Kathleen Kraninger, director, Office of Screening Coordination, Department of Homeland Security, on “Developing a Comprehensive Border and Travel Security Policy”– Craig Wilson, H.R. 1 coordinator, National Preparedness Directorate/National Capital Region Coordination, FEMA, on “Why State First Responders Need Standard Credentials”– Bob Gilson, program management analyst, Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC), on “Defining Future Interoperability and Federation for CAC”– Paul Hunter, Department of Homeland Security, on “Passport Card at Land and Sea Border Crossings”– William MacGregor, Personal Identity Verification (PIV) card program manager, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), on “Strategic Direction for NIST ID Card Standards and Special Publications”– Judith Spencer, chair, federal identity credentialing, Office of Governmentwide Policy, General Services Administration, on “Crossing the Identity Divide: Trusting Commercial Credentials in the Federal Enterprise”

The conference program includes further discussion on all of the majorgovernment identity initiatives underway, including the HSPD 12 implementation of PIV cards for federal andcontract employee, electronic passports, REAL ID Act driver’s licensereform, Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) passport cards, theTransportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program involvingthe U.S. Coast Guard, registered traveler cards coming to dozens ofairports, and the first responder authentication credential pilots thatinvolve federal, state, and local agencies throughout the country.

The event also features a technology exhibition involving up to 55 companies, moderated birds-of-a-feather sessions, and networking lunchesand receptions. Pre-conference workshops will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5p.m. on October 21st. The Smart Card Alliance Educational Institute willhost a full-day workshop aimed at government agencies attempting to meetits HSPD 12 directive deadlines, covering the nuts and bolts of PIV cards, from the physical makeup of the cards, toissuance options, to use of the cards, and procurement of hardware andsoftware. OATH will also host a full-day workshop on open standards forstrong authentication.

The Federal Smart Card Interagency Advisory Board (IAB) will hold its regular open meeting prior to the start of the conference, from 9 a.m.until 12 p.m. on Wednesday morning, October 22nd. This is a bi-monthly gathering of government and private industry leaders to discuss smart card adoption and implementation; no fee is required to attend this portion ofthe event, and lunch will be served in the exhibit hall.

The conference is open to all individuals and organizations that wish tolearn about the role of smart cards in government. Smart Card Alliance member organizations and government employees receive complimentary ordiscounted pricing for single day or full conference registrations. Earlyregistration discounts are available through September 23rd. Conferencesponsors include Gemalto, L-1 Identity Solutions, HID Global, OberthurTechnologies, BearingPoint and Intercede.

About the Smart Card Alliance

The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use and widespreadapplication of smart card technology.

Through specific projects such as education programs, market research,advocacy, industry relations and open forums, the Alliance keeps its members connected to industry leaders and innovative thought. The Allianceis the single industry voice for smart cards, leading industry discussionon the impact and value of smart cards in the U.S. and Latin America. Formore information please visit http://www.smartcardalliance.org.

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