Under the guidance of the InCommon Assurance Advisory Committee, the InCommon community has adopted a set of Baseline Expectations for Trust in Federation. The intent is to improve interoperability among InCommon Participants and ensure that the Federation has a common level of trust by establishing expectations that all Participants agree to meet.
In addition to the expectations themselves, the community has adopted processes by which InCommon Participants and the InCommon Federation operator keep one-another accountable. These include
Routine automated checks of metadata by InCommon (and subsequent notification to participants of any issues)
A method for reaching community consensus on whether certain practices meet the expectations
A process for participants to bring forward issues (either to another participant or to InCommon operations)
The core Baseline Expectations document establishes three short lists of expectations expressed at a high level, one for each of three types of Federation actor: an Identity Provider, a Service Provider, and a Federation Operator.