AAC call Thursday, January 12, 2017, 2pm ET


Brett Bieber, University of Nebraska, (Chair)

Ted Hanss, University of Michigan

Joanna Rojas, Duke

Tom Barton, University of Chicago

Ann West, Interent2

Emily Eisbruch, Internet2

Action Items

[AI] (Tom) take Baseline Expectations implementation plan to next level over coming weeks. Brett will help

[AI] (Tom) continue to monitor the REFEDs MFA work and how it relates to the MFA Interop Profile work

[AI] (Ann and Brett) develop questions for InCommon program review by next AAC call


Welcome to 2017.  Brett is 2017 AAC chair.

AAC Focus Areas for 2017:

AAC Recruitment

Chris Whalen - NIH (already confirmed by Steering, not able to join calls on Thursdays)

An individual from a sponsored partner  contacted Chris on Nov. 5, 2016 about serving on the AAC

AAC still has open slots for another IDP Rep. and another auditor Rep.

InCommon Assurance Program Review  

The Federal approved FICAM program has not been broadly adopted by higher ed or by the federal agencies.  The AAC charter was written to support that FICAM program. The program review will examine this. Charter may need tweaking.  If AAC charter is to emphasize trust building activities, then the AAC membership may be altered.

We may not need two auditors on the AAC moving forward, if the emphasis is on trust components that do not include an audit requirement. We may want security experts to join the AAC. The goal for AAC membership may be to be representative of the stakeholders. Joanna is willing to help communicate the changed role of auditor on the AAC as needed

We may want to start the program review by asking questions around value proposition and efficacy of the FICAM program, keeping in mind the effort and cost to InCommon of the program. If we can demonstrate need for a shift in InCommon Assurance, through program review, this will be good for the community understanding.

Lack of audit is an issue for more trustworthy profiles. Concern about all the self-attested profiles and the trustworthiness of orgs to treat these seriously and do the right thing. Peer review process has promise.  Peer review may be part of baseline expectations and may be part of the REFEDs assurance process. Will be interesting to build/implement the peer review process

[AI] (Ann and Brett) develop questions for InCommon program review by next AAC call

Baseline Expectations  


MFA Interop Profile - status 

Report-out on  Jan. 4, 2017 Assurance Call

 on topic of  REFEDS Assurance Working Group with Mikael Linden

Plans for Upcoming Assurance Calls

News from partner efforts

Next AAC call: Thursday, January 26, 2017 (note this was rescheduled to Wed. Feb 1)