eGov - Charter


eGovernment Work Group (eGov)
The eGovernment Work Group (eGov WG) provides an information sharing and feedback forum for Kantara members with an interest in eGovernment to identify core federated identity requirements toward the development of the rules of engagement for operators of online privacy-preserving identity and access services for governments across its many jurisdictional sectors: national, regional and municipal.

Towards this end the eGov WG will:

Identify profiles of core requirements to address the unique aspects each government must address when binding policy to the technology of Federated Identity Management programs.

Collect government requirements for technical interoperability and assured Trusted Identities for assessment and approval under the Kantara Interoperability and assurance programs. 

Present a "government view" as well as information sharing and feedback to other Kantara Work Groups so that these views may be taken into account in the development of all Kantara Initiative Policy Recommendations and Specifications including future contributions to appropriate Standards Setting Organizations.

Promote the development, adoption and support for eGovernment deployment profiles of open specifications.

Provide Kantara with subject matter expertise on government-related requirements, challenges for existing and potential work areas.

Where appropriate (e.g. employee able to represent his/her employer), take part in the identification, planning, execution and follow-up of Government-focused industry events and provide Kantara with spokespersons on eGovernment-related topics.

Where appropriate, recommend liaison relationships for Kantara that will further adopt and deploy OASIS SAML 2.0, OAuth based Specification Sets solutions or extensions thereof.

Share solutions and/or technical approaches to avoid 'reinventing the wheel' and to drive adoption of standards-based identity management mechanisms in government on a global basis.

Specific Objectives of the eGov Work Group shall:

In respect to the Identity Assurance Framework (IAF 2.0); gather requirements for a context specific eGov profile of the IAF v2.0 Service Assessment Criteria (SACs) or component SACs, as they apply to governments acting in the roles of relying party, identity providers or attribute providers, providing authoritative sources of identity attributes, as applicable, and revise as new requirements emerge. Document eGov use cases requiring federation and identify and agree a common set and format of identity attributes used by governments.

In respect to authentication protocols; gather requirements for (and any suggested tests for) the Test Plan to test the presence of and SAML 2.0 conformance with the SAML 2.0 web browser SSO eGov Implementation Profile V2.0, for consumption by the Kantara Federation Interoperability Working Group, and ultimately the Interoperability Review Board.  Continue to develop an operational checklist for the federation and trust aspects of deployments of OASIS SAML 2.0, OAuth 2.0 based Specification Sets solutions or extensions thereof.  Continued input into the Authentication Context Level of Assurance Profile submitted to OASIS SSTC (ongoing as required).

Work in concert with other Kantara groups on further requirements and formalization reflecting deployment experiences, for example (but not limited to); refinement and promotion of privacy, security and legal Frameworks, deployment guidelines for Circles of Trust, IAF and related SAC specifications as required, liability issues between Identity Providers surrounding public/private circles of trust.
No draft technical specifications are planned at this time.
Reports may be developed as appropriate and identified by the eGov WG. 
No other draft recommendations are planned at this time


At the time of this charter’s revision, following are the members of the leadership team:

Rainer Hoerbe, Kismed, Austria (Chair)
Keith Uber, Ubisecure, Finland (Secretary)
Colin Wallis, New Zealand Government, Department of Internal Affairs (Vice Chair)
International Government Electronic Service Delivery administrations and their applicable federated identity service organizations 

The Kantara Leadership Council charters the eGovernment Work Group for one year, expiring in December 2014. The fixed end date is to allow for the current work to complete, and force a review of whether 'eGov' continues to pose significantly special or different challenges to those faced by other large enterprises, and whether a Discussion Group is a better forum for this domain. 
The charter may be amended from time to time, with changes approved by the Leadership Council. 
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Kantara Work Groups (such as the Identity Assurance WG, Privacy & Public Policy WG, Health Identity Assurance Work Group, Info Sharing WG and Federation Interoperability WG and others as they come into existence) as required.

The expected liaisons with SDOs are: OASIS eGov Member Section, OASIS Transformational Government TC, Oasis Trust Elevation TC, OASIS Security Services TC, Open Identity Exchange (OIX), IETF, W3C eGov, UN/ CEFACT TBG19 (eGov), IDABC, APEC, ISO SC27 WG5, ITU-T and other sector based organizations and groups as required.

 Where the eGov WG contributes to existing liaison relationships which are subject to 3rd party confidentiality (such as ITU-T and ISO) the eGov WG will manage such input through the Kantara Board of Trustee Liaison Sub-Committee. 

(11) CONTRIBUTIONS (optional):  

No contributions are expected at this time


Meetings will be conducted under The Chatham House Rule as the default (see ). However, any individual making a statement retains the right to opt out of the rule and direct the minutes to record that same individual's attribution to the statement.


The original proposers of the Work Group were:

  • Rainer Hoerbe, KisMed, Austria, rainer (at) hoerbe (dot) at
  • Colin Wallis, New Zealand Government, Department of Internal Affairs, colin (dot) wallis (at) dia (dot) govt (dot) nz
  • Keith Uber, Ubisecure, Finland, keith (dot) uber (at) ubisecure (dot) com
  • Ken Dagg, Government of Canada, Treasury Board Secretariat, kenneth (dot) dagg (at) tbs-sct (dot) gc (dot) ca
  • John Bradley, Ping Identity, jbradley (at) pingidentity (dot) com




12 March 2014

The Leadership Council accepts this revised charter for operation.