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TAC Meeting September 13, 2018


Attending: Judith Bush, Eric Kool-Brown, Heather Flanagan, Mark Scheible, Matt Brookover, Janemarie Duh, Michael Grady, Keith Wessel, Eric Goodman

With: Nick Roy, Ian Young, Ann West, Kevin Morooney, David Walker, Shannon Roddy, Steve Zoppi, IJ Kim

Action Items

  • All TAC members - Topics for the TechEx F2F will be discussed on the next TAC call (September 27). Please come with ideas for discussion.

  • Mark - Ask Albert and Kim for a response on whether they intend to enter the nomination process.
  • Any TAC member whose term is not expiring, but decides to no longer serve, should notify Mark prior to September 28.

Ops Update

  • FM maintenance release next week - mainly clean-up. There will be a release in a couple of weeks with automated metadata approval for some elements.

  • MDQ - making good progress. Close to having something we can test.

  • Nick and Shannon doing a REN-ISAC Techburst on federation security late this month.

Trust and Identity Project Update

  • Have made an offer to the federation manager position

  • Have an accepted offer for the support engineer

  • Collaboration Platform work continues.

  • Considering a third meeting next year - in August. Global Summit is in March and TechEx in December. The new meeting will be targeted to people who are new to federation and identity management. Content may include case studies, but may also include some training.

  • Ongoing Project Update

Working Group Updates

OIDC Update - Mainly talked about whether to have an IAM Online in October. Came to the conclusion that things aren't quite ready for that.

Deployment Profile - Sparse attendance at the two calls for public input. Taking that to mean that people are fine with what we’ve done. Need to get the final report to Kantara for SAML2int and also to TAC on the other recommendations.

REFEDS Federation 2.0 - This will be a topic of conversation at TechEx.

InCommon Federation Wiki Update - David Walker

David was charged with reviewing the InCommon Federation wiki space to reorganize information, deprecate out-of-date information, and provide a few “how-to” documents with technical information about starting with federation.

  • How to differentiate between and the InC-Federation wiki space.

  • How can people ask questions or pose issues they see with information on the wiki. Nick - the preferred method would be sending email to, which goes into the ticketing system for triage and response.

  • Using comments on wiki pages are problematic. Comments can remain for a long period of time if no one is looking at those pages regularly.

  • David suggests the next step is to determine internally the method for getting feedback, then to announce these changes to the community.

CACTI/TAC FIM4R work update

  • Heather, Keith, and David met. There is a spreadsheet to document, in relation to FIM4R: what InCommon already does, what we do partly, what we should be doing.

  • There is a wiki page with more-detailed information about this project

  • More emphasis on consent to encourage attribute release will definitely be on the list.

  • The goal is to have recommendations on the next TAC call.

Discussion of any comments on streamlining SP onboarding final report

  • No comments were made

  • Final report will be presented to Steering either on October 1 or at the meeting at TechEx. The desire of TAC is to present this at TechEx, to allow time to read and review the materials

TAC 2019 nominations

  • Emails were sent to the four members with terms ending this year (Mark, Janemarie, Kim, Albert)

  • (AI) - Ask Albert and Kim to reply before Sept. 28

  • Nominations open October 1

  • Discuss wording problem with existing nomination process

    • Under heading "Members Seeking to Renew Their Term": "These TAC members cannot vote for the nominees. By accepting their nomination into the pool, they give up their vote." This conflicts with heading "Discussion of Nominees and Voting (by term-expiring members)": "Voting by member nominees: There is a mechanism in place to allow TAC members to recuse themselves where they may have a conflict of interest"

      • There was a discussion on the TAC call last year and decided that these people can vote.

      • Resolution: It was approved (with Janemarie abstaining) that all TAC members can vote on nominations.

  • Any TAC member whose term is NOT expiring, but decides to no longer serve, should notify Mark prior to September 28.

  • TAC member should consider potential work and working groups for 2019 when considering nominees

  • The TAC nomination community announcement will be distributed on October 1

TAC Face-to-Face at TechEx

Next Meeting - September 27, 2018 - 1 pm ET

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