Identity Management Conference, 27-28 October, Washington, DC

Program Information

Policy leaders and program managers are confronted daily by major security, privacy and trust challenges from both policy and implementation perspectives. Identity management, access and associated security technologies are critical components of e-government. Open standards and their integration across emerging federated infrastructures are beginning to bring both order and solutions to these challenges. Innovative identity solutions are being implemented in collaborative efforts between governments and private sector organizations today, including major federated identity initiatives, national approaches to secure online transactions, new privacy models, and focused efforts to secure health IT, smart grid, and cloud computing environments. Much can be learned from these implementations.

The two-day Identity Management Conference provides the perfect forum for representatives from governments and industry around the world to come together to learn and share information about these important and relevant technology developments, implementations, risk management challenges and success stories.



Mary Ellen CallahanMary Ellen Callahan, Chief Privacy Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security 

March 9, 2009, Mary Ellen Callahan became the Chief Privacy Officer of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Prior to joining the Department, Ms. Callahan specialized in privacy, data security, and consumer protection law as a partner at Hogan & Hartson, LLP, where she worked for more than ten years. She was the Co-Chair of Online Privacy Alliance, a self-regulatory group of corporations and associations established to create an environment of trust and foster the protection of individuals' privacy online. Ms. Callahan also served as Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association's Privacy and Information Security Committee of the Antitrust Division.

A frequent author and speaker on privacy issues, she was selected in 2008 as a "Band 1" privacy and data security lawyer in the United States by Chambers and Partners. Ms. Callahan holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to law school, Callahan worked at the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress as part of the Special Task Force on the Development of Parliamentary Institutions in Eastern Europe.

The Privacy Office is responsible for privacy compliance across the Department, which includes assuring that the technologies used by the Department to protect the United States sustain, and do not erode, privacy protections relating to the use, collection, and disclosure of personal and Department information. The Privacy Office also has oversight of all privacy policy matters, including compliance with the Privacy Act of 1974, the Freedom of Information Act of 1966 (as amended), and the completion of Privacy Impact Assessments, as required by the E-Government Act of 2002 and Section 222 of the Homeland Security Act, (as amended).

Additionally, Ms. Callahan serves as the Department's Chief Freedom of Information Act Officer where responsibilities include assuring consistent and appropriate agency-wide statutory compliance and harmonized program and policy implementation.

Timothy EdgarTimothy H. Edgar, Civil Liberties & Privacy Officer, National Security Staff, the White House (invited)

Timothy Edgar oversees all the privacy aspects of the White House cybersecurity initiative. Prior to joining the National Security Staff, he was the Deputy for Civil Liberties in Civil Liberties and Privacy Office of the Office of the Director-National Intelligence, which was established by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. Mr. Edgar came to the ODNI in June 2006 after five years as a national security policy and legislative counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union. Mr. Edgar testified on behalf of the ACLU before Congressional intelligence and judiciary committees and appeared in major national media. Mr. Edgar also spearheaded the organization’s lobby efforts in a number of post-9/11 initiatives, including intelligence reform. Mr. Edgar was named “pro bono attorney of the year” by the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee in 2002. Prior to joining the ACLU in May 2001, Mr. Edgar was an attorney at the Washington law firm of Shea & Gardner. From 1997 to 1998, Mr. Edgar was a law clerk to Judge Sandra L. Lynch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston. He is a 1997 magna cum laude graduate of the Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor on the Harvard Law Review. Mr. Edgar graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1994.

Robert MadelinMr. Robert Madelin, the European Commission’s Director General for the Information Society and Media

Robert Madelin previously served in a variety of postings (1997-2003) as a Director in the Directorate-General for Trade, where he had the chance to work on a range of issues, including: access to medicines, agriculture, biotechnology, corporate responsibility, food and product standards, global governance, intellectual property, investment, services, sustainable development, and relations with the Asia-Pacific. Prior to this, he was Deputy Head of Cabinet to Sir Leon (now Lord) Brittan, European Commission Vice-President.

Robert Madelin was born in 1957. He married Marie-Christine Jalabert in 1990. He was educated in England, at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe, and at Magdalen College, Oxford. He joined the British Civil Service in 1979, serving mainly in London and Brussels and joined the Commission in 1993. He studied at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration, Paris in 1983-4.