Charter accepted by Leadership Council: 2019-07-12 Ad Hoc Meeting notes DRAFT

(1) WG NAME:
Federated Identity Resilient Ecosystem (FIRE) Work Group

The FIRE working group will extend the usability and adoption of the Identity Ecosystem framework and registry to help identity ecosystem participants and individuals with their identity and personal data management. A variety of identifiers appropriate for personal data must be trusted at a wide variety of relying parties and applied throughout different profiles. An Identity ecosystem requires reliable identity and federations of all sorts, and both highly structured and distributed identities. The IDEF (Identity Ecosystem Framework) and Identity Ecosystem Framework Registry can help achieve these goals by providing a framework and way to emphasize and measure identity services, and the extent to which they are adherent to the "guiding principles" including Privacy-Enhancing and Voluntary, Secure and Resilient, Interoperable, Cost-Effective and Easy To Use. The framework and tools are there for individuals to easily make good decisions about their online identity and in securing and sharing personal data. 

The FIRE Work Group will support a variety of activities as listed below and in our work list.

OUR COMMITMENT: All FIRE WG work products will adhere to the IDEF Framework and the guiding principles in all of its products including documents, systems and protocols (e.g., will be "FIRE-proof"), and we will implement our own best practices within our own technology and program development.

(3) SCOPE: 

In order to extend the usability and adoption of the IDEF framework and registry to help identity ecosystem participants and individuals with their identity and personal data management, the FIRE Working Group will build toward the following work goals: 

  • NOTE: Examples of work to be taken up by the committee are found here: FIRE Committee WG Work List but a consolidated list is noted below:
    • Coordinate and raise funds grant writing ($15k) for Phase II, Part II development, and operational use of the IDEF 
    • Obtain grants for all three areas for development of product work and programs
      • Product Development
      • Program Development
      • Business Development and Product Market Fit for Adoption
    • Create a sandbox to accelerate development of features, functionality and profiles of the IDEF for these and additional categories
    • Co-develop profiles such as:
      • Healthcare
      • Financial services
      • Education - Children
      • Vulnerable populations
  • An objective of the WG is to increase alignment with existing Kantara programs and frameworks such as the ID Assurance Framework and ID Assurance Assessment Program


List Working Titles of draft Technical Specifications to be produced (if any), projected completion dates, and the Standards Setting Organization(s) to which they will be submitted upon approval by the Membership.

The following technical specifications may be developed in 2019-20:

  • Develop an API specification that describes an interface to the IDEF Registry
  • Updated IDEF requirements, supplemental guidance and supporting documentation
    • Includes work on a Healthcare Profile and coordinated work with other Kantara WGs
  • Service Assessment Criteria and assessment program materials to enable third party auditors to perform assessments

NOTE: The following activity is a deliverable of this WG

  • Implement a running API that conforms to the API Specification
    • The accessible data to include: queries of the results of any assessment of digital entities incorporating the IDEF registry and industry profiles.


Other Draft Recommendations and projected completion dates for submission for All Member Ballot.

  • A rating method and system for digital product evaluation

(6) LEADERSHIP: Proposed WG Chair and Editor(s) subject to confirmation by a vote of the WG  Participants.
At the time of this charter, following are the members of the leadership team:

  • Chair: Jim Kragh
  • Vice-chair: Mary Hodder
  • Secretary: Jeff Brennan
  • Research Editor: Noreen Whysel
  • API Editor: Tom Jones
  • IDESG - FIre WG Liaison: Sal D'Agostino
  • External Committee Liaison: Bev Corwin

(7) AUDIENCE: Anticipated audience or users of the work.

  • The anticipated audience for the output of the FIRE Work Group includes developers, deployers, and designers of digital services and their policy counterparts.
  • Auditors and other assessors for these service that specify requirements as individual line items.
  • Individuals including vulnerable populations and their guardians.


The FIRE Work Group will address work expected to be ongoing. The charter covers the period through December 31, 2020.


Kantara Non-Assert Covenant (to be confirmed)

This Work Group has a number of dependencies on, and shared goals with, the output of other efforts both inside Kantara and other industry work groups. The Kantara groups and external efforts with which this Work Group intends to liaise informally include (but are not limited to):

(11) CONTRIBUTIONS: A list of contributions that the proposers anticipate will be made to the WG.

IDEF baseline functional requirements and supplemental guidance. (The Baseline Functional Requirements)

(12) PROPOSERS: Names, email addresses, and any constituent affiliations of at least the minimum set of proposers required to support forming the WG.

The original proposers of the Work Group were: