Moving Towards Credentialing Interoperability: Case Studies at the State, Local, and Regional Levels   [open pdf - 4MB]

"The objective of this document is to provide information to non-Federal organizations and their decision makers about the value of strong credentialing practices using Federal standards. Credentialing is a system by which identification cards or other tokens are used to authenticate a person and transmit skills, qualifications, and other attributes associated with that identity. Interoperability, in the credentialing context, provides the capability for a jurisdiction to access information and trust its legitimacy in order to make decisions about granting access and privileges. This document also examines the experiences of several non-Federal agencies that have implemented interoperable credentials that leverage the Federal credentialing system. Through a series of case studies, it provides practical solutions, best practices, and lessons learned to assist decision makers in developing credentialing systems in their own jurisdictions. This document serves as an introduction to electronic identity/attribute management and credentialing for those whose purview is emergency management. Presented within the document are seven case studies on identity/attribute management and credentialing within the emergency response community. Six of the case studies involve state, local, or regional government-led credentialing programs, and one case study documents a hospital system's credentialing program. The seven case study jurisdictions include: 1. The Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC) -- San Antonio, Texas 2. The Commonwealth of Virginia 3. Chester County, Pennsylvania 4. The State of Colorado 5. The District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.) 6. West Virginia, Eastern Panhandle Homeland Security Region 3 7. Honolulu, Hawaii".

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