SICAM: Crafting the Standard Behind Statewide Citizen Services

Extending valuable citizen services remains the core mission for State and Local governments. But as Public Sector initiatives and requirements change, those services also need to be more transparent, proactive, and secure. Against that backdrop, the move is on to standardize several components underneath the services that form our Public Sector relationships with the Citizen and Businesses. A little less than a year ago, we got a first pass at a common Federal approach to broad-based federation with the release of the Federal Identity Credential Access Management Roadmap (FICAM). In the months since FICAM's release, State and Local government is looking to the framework to cobble a similar state roadmap for the next generation of citizen services.

The contributors to SecureGov find themselves in frequent discussions across the U.S. aimed at crafting a State-facing version of Identity Credential Access Management (or SICAM). Borrowing from the framework of the Federal FICAM and everyday real Public Sector use cases and realities, common approaches are forming toward a state standard. Starting here, SecureGov and the Oracle ASG will share and discuss the evolution of building transparent, proactive, secure citizen services vis-à-vis a SICAM model and Oracle technology.

While the larger discussion around SICAM will undoubtedly create its own significant amount of documentation, our SecureGov conversation will begin to tackle individual components in the posts to follow.


Good luck getting people behind this one. Though you make some VERY fascinating points, youre going to have to do more than bring up a few things that may be different than what weve already heard. What are trying to say here? What do you want us to think? It seems like you cant really get behind a unique thought. Anyway, thats just my opinion.

Posted by Consignment on November 19, 2010 at 04:06 PM CST #

It's a fair criticism to say "what's different?" After all, none of the technology underpinnings are brand new. We've seen most of these technologies and approaches in the security and citizen service space for years. But I try to keep two things in mind about SICAM: First, it's a standards framework. We don't often look to standards to be groundbreaking, to get adopted and implemented they have to start from a common platform or floor of "least common denominators." Standards aim to be widely accepted - something that most every organization could get behind and do if they decided to go down that path. In that respect, you tend not to see earthshaking shifts and unique innovation in standards offerings all that often. Second, SICAM is really about enabling services and innovation by putting supporting standards in place. Innovation suffers from the siloed approaches and services we tend to build in state and local government. There are several "realities" about state government that have kept these sorts of initiatives from catching on in the past (most dealing with budget, charter, and political constraints.) But it seems now we're seeing a sea-change in requirements, a ground swell of states that have already started down this path in the past 12 months, and multiple drafts of a NASCIO blessed approach to solving the problems created by the lack of a common standard. As to what I'm trying to say...unfortunately, it's going to be longer than a blog entry. It's going to be a continuing look at what states are doing to answer the challenges of initiatives like State-Wide Business Portals, SLDS programs, e-Licensing capabilities, Health Information Exchanges/Electronic Medical Records, Citizen Self-Service, and Security by Design (instead of as a reaction) and how SICAM can help "get there from here." And that's part of the story and developments I'll be sharing. To your point, SICAM (managing identities, credentials, and access) itself is not a new or unique idea. The change in requirements, the willingness of organizations to "get on the same sheet of music" to answer those requirements, and what we can do by leveraging these moves is the real story. Thanks - [P]

Posted by on December 20, 2010 at 02:28 AM CST #

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