[OpenID board] June 4, 2020 Executive Committee Call Minutes

Mike Jones Michael.Jones at microsoft.com
Thu Jun 11 23:11:08 UTC 2020

June 4, 2020 Executive Committee Call Minutes

Don Thibeau, Executive Director
Mike Jones
Nat Sakimura
Bjorn Hjelm
George Fletcher
John Bradley

Mike Leszcz, OpenID Foundation
Tom Smedinghoff, Locke Lord LLP

1.       Letter to OBIE about FAPI certifications
We received a response to our letter to OBIE from the trustee Imran Gulamhuseinwala.  It did say that he's encouraging the CMA9 to all certify.  Producing a "dashboard" of CMA9 certification progress has been requested by OBIE; this would only be possible with permission from the CMA9 banks.  It's noted that banks have long payment cycles.  We could ask for payment before substantial support is provided.  We can talk about possibilities on the next certification call.

2.       Certification Program Update
We have started the migration to the Java conformance suite for OpenID Connect.  See https://openid.net/certification/migration/.  We provide economic incentives for people to run both conformance suites for new certifications while we're still testing the tests.  We haven't received any new Connect certifications yet.  We are working on making certification results fully self-contained.  There are still tests missing from the Java suite for a few profiles.

3.       Budget Discussion
We are looking at ways to conserve cash during the economic downturn.  For one, we are looking at ways to be prudent in our certification costs.  Mike Leszcz and Don developed a plan with the certification team.  Roland Hedberg's Python support contract concludes at the end of this month.  Filip agreed for us to not renew his minimal contract.  We will retain Hans Zandbelt, Joseph Heenan, and Serkan Özkan with adjusted contracts.  We are roughly halving our monthly run rate for certification costs.

We have used actual figures for 2020 thus far to produce updated budget projections for the rest of the year.  We are saving substantial amounts money by not having travel.

4.       Other Business
The European Commission has requested us to present at a closed financial sector workshop on June 18, with open banking being a topic.

5.       Next Meeting
There will be a board call on Thursday, June 11th at 3pm Pacific Time.

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