2009 eGov DC Workshop - 17 April 2009 - Washington, D.C., USA


*subject to change

Friday, 17 April

8:15-8:30 Registration / Video Link Setup Introductions of Participating Country Sites
Video Conference Facilitator:  Oleg Petrov, Coordinator, e-Development Thematic Group

Opening Keynote Session:  Open Standards for Government Transformation
Workshop Moderator:  Randeep Sudan, Practice Leader for e-Government, Global Information and Communication Technologies Department, World Bank

  • Audience Introductions in Various Remote Sites

  • Welcome and Introduction
    Laurent Liscia, Executive Director, OASIS
    Philippe Dongier, Manager, Global ICT Department, World Bank
    Han Fraeters, Manager, GDLN/Knowledge Exchange, World Bank

  • Keynote Speech:  e-Government in Ghana and the Adoption of Open Standards-Experiences, Challenges and Perspectives
    Speaker: Dr. Sam Somuah, Director General, Ghana Information and Communications Directorate (GICTeD)

    This presentation traces the development of e-government in Ghana from its beginnings until the current efforts to develop national standards for interoperability among Government organizations. The intent is to provide these organizations the ability to transfer and use information in a uniform and efficient manner across multiple organizations and information technology systems. In developing the e-Government Interoperability Framework, efforts were made to ensure that it is vendor-neutral and open standards-based. All standards and guidelines must therefore conform to open standards principles. This presentation also discusses the process of implementation, and relevant experience gained and goes on to discuss challenges problems faced to date.

Panel One: Identity, Authentication and Security
Chair:  Deepak Bhatia, Practice Leader for e-Government, Global Information and Communication Technologies Department, World Bank

  • Identity & Authentication Standards: Status Report
    Speaker:  Colin Wallis, Identity Standards Manager, New Zealand Government & OASIS eGov Steering Committee

    Colin's presentation will snapshot the current status and emerging trends in Identity and Authentication standardization.  It will touch on the key consortiums and industry sectors, the various competing protocols that they support and the progress towards interoperability, if not convergence.  Colin will share the learning experiences from the New Zealand Identity and Authentication Programme, as it transformed from a distant follower in 2005 to become an influential leader by 2009, and how every nation can play a significant role in the shaping of standards in this space. 
  • Credential Management Evolution
    Speaker: Bob Sunday, Senior Architect, CTO, PWGSC, Canada & OASIS eGov Steering Committee

    This will be a trip through the Canadian Government initiatives to provide individualized information and transactions for citizens and businesses. The presentation will focus on the infrastructure decisions needed for an architecture to support the changing service delivery environment. The evolving use of standards to provide choice as well as interoperability will be highlighted. Our experiences should help others avoid some of the difficult and expensive parts of the road we have travelled so far, as we continue to follow our strategy and vision.

  • Information Security Standards:  Promoting Trust, Transparency, and Due Diligence
    Speaker: Ron Ross, Senior Computer Scientist and Information Security Researcher,
    National Institute of Standards and Technology

    Ron Ross will present the importance of information security standards to successful enterprise operations to include methodologies for defining security requirements, integrating security requirements into enterprise architectures and life cycle processes, and managing information system-related security risks.
10:45-11:00 Break
11:00-12:30 Panel Two:  Public Financial Management and e-Procurement
Chair: Laurent Liscia, Executive Director, OASIS

  • Standards for Electronic Transactions, including e-Procurement
    Speaker: David Temoshok, Director, Identity Policy & Management, GSA, Washington

    This session will discuss U.S. national standards and requirements for electronic transactions, including requirements for electronic signature, authentication, and validation. Such transactions are used to support access control authorizations, financial transactions, supply chain management and e-procurement.

  • Cyber Security Issues Impacting Public Sector Financial Management
    Speaker: John T. Sabo, CISSP Director, Global Government Relations, CA, Inc.

    Public financial management systems, e-procurement, and other services vital to government operations and citizen trust increasingly make use of information technology, networked infrastructures and Internet services.  Cyber security risks continue to multiply as the threat landscape broadens.  As governmental services migrate to Internet and Internet Protocol-based infrastructures, managing cyber security risk takes on greater importance as government agencies cut ties to old business processes and fully embrace Internet-based services.  This presentation will provide an overview of cybersecurity risk issues, a number of public-private sector partnership efforts to assess and mitigate cyber risks, and examples of work underway by Technical Committees in the OASIS IDtrust Member Section to develop standards to help address these challenges.

  • Standards-Based eGovernment Procurement Systems: Opportunities and Priorities
    Speaker: Eduardo Talero, Senior Consultant World Bank

    Introduction of electronic government procurement (eGP) is one of the highest priority items in the international eGovernance agenda with compelling political and business rationale, few conceptual detractors yet quite modest results. This presentation will examine how international and open standards can help accelerate the pace of introduction and evolution of eGP systems, where some major opportunities and priorities lie and how multilateral development organizations can help this process.
12:30-1:30 Lunch Break
1:30-3:00 Panel Three:  Interoperability Frameworks
Chair: Bill Piatt, CIO, International Finance Corporation, The World Bank Group

  • Power and Institutional Values: Interoperability as Politics
    Speaker: Peter Lord, Director, Technology Policy, Oracle Corporation

    Enabling government interoperability can bring benefits to all stakeholders; however, the barriers to developing and successfully using a framework are not just technical.  This presentation will identify and review governance aspects of interoperability frameworks and examine strategies that work to greater align technology and policy experts.

  • Interoperability and Cloud Computing
    Speaker: Daniel Burton, Senior Vice President, Salesforce.com

    This presentation will discuss the emergence of cloud computing and the advantages it offers, with a special focus on security, reliability, integration and interoperability.

  • Interoperability and Web Applications: Opening the Door to Access and Sharing
    Speaker: Kevin Novak, Vice President, Integrated Web Strategy and Technology, The American Institute of Architects (representing W3C)

    Interoperability across the web and applications requires standardization, thought, and planning. The presentation will discuss legacy and other challenges, provide insight into the available standards and processes which exist to aid movement forward and review the benefits of interoperability.

Closing Session: Concluding Remarks from the Steering Committee Members of the OASIS eGov Member Section
Chair:  William Barnhill, Booz Allen Hamilton & Secretary, Steering Committee OASIS eGov Member Section

  • Randeep Sudan, Practice Leader for e-Government, Global Information and Communication Technologies Department, World Bank