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15 U.S. Code § 7464 - Identity management research and development

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(a) In generalThe Director shall carry out a program of research to support the development of voluntary, consensus-based technical standards, best practices, benchmarks, methodologies, metrology, testbeds, and conformance criteria for identity management, taking into account appropriate user concerns to—
improve interoperability and portability among identity management technologies;
strengthen identity proofing and verification methods used in identity management systems commensurate with the level of risk, including identity and attribute validation services provided by Federal, State, and local governments;
improve privacy protection in identity management systems; and
improve the accuracy, usability, and inclusivity of identity management systems.
(b) Digital identity technical roadmap

The Director, in consultation with other relevant Federal agencies and stakeholders from the private sector, shall develop and maintain a technical roadmap for digital identity management research and development focused on enabling the voluntary use and adoption of modern digital identity solutions that align with the four criteria in subsection (a).

(c) Digital identity management guidance
(1) In general

The Director shall develop, and periodically update, in collaboration with other public and private sector organizations, common definitions and voluntary guidance for digital identity management systems, including identity and attribute validation services provided by Federal, State, and local governments.

(2) GuidanceThe Guidance shall—
align with the four criteria in subsection (a), as practicable;
provide case studies of implementation of guidance;
incorporate voluntary technical standards and industry best practices; and
not prescribe or otherwise require the use of specific technology products or services.
(3) ConsultationIn carrying out this subsection, the Director shall consult with—
Federal and State agencies;
potential end-users and individuals that will use services related to digital identity verification; and
experts with relevant experience in the systems that enable digital identity verification, as determined by the Director.
Editorial Notes

2022—Pub. L. 117–167 amended section generally. Prior to amendment, section related to Director’s continuance of program to support development of voluntary and cost-effective technical standards, metrology, testbeds, and conformance criteria, taking into account appropriate user concerns.