[OpenID board] June 11, 2020 OpenID Board Call Minutes

Mike Jones Michael.Jones at microsoft.com
Thu Jun 18 15:59:29 UTC 2020

June 11, 2020 OpenID Board Call Minutes

Don Thibeau, Executive Director
Nat Sakimura
Mike Jones
John Bradley
Wesley Dunnington
John Summers
Dale Olds
Takehisa Shibata
Bjorn Hjelm

Filip Verley
George Fletcher
Lovlesh Chhabra
Amit Dhingra
Takao Kojima

Visitors on the Phone:
Mike Leszcz, OpenID Foundation
Tom Smedinghoff, Locke Lord LLP

1.       Updated H2 2020 Budget
We now have a reasonable sense of how the current world situation is affecting our budget.  We are actively working to conserve cash.  We have implemented cost savings measures in the certification program reducing our spending by half - all with cooperation and endorsement of our certification contractors.  We are obviously saving money and travel and entertainment at present.  Several banks are working on both certification and membership.  We anticipate that some will not renew, and some may renew at lower levels.  We will not have solid membership data for a few more months.  We are working to increase our certification revenues going forward.

John moved and Wes seconded to approve the updated H2 2020 budget.  The motion passed unanimously.

2.       Certification Program Update
Don reported that are continuing our active engagement with OBIE, finding ways to encourage the large UK banks to certify.  We believe that if we can build certification momentum in the CMA9, the rest of the ecosystem will likely follow.

We received a response to our letter to OBIE from the trustee Imran Gulamhuseinwala.  It did say that he is encouraging the CMA9 to all certify.  It is noted that banks have long payment cycles.
Don reports that we are making inroads in Australia with interest in FAPI and certification.  Nat reported that two of the four major Australian banks are almost completely aligned with FAPI.  The UK participants are also helping us make the case with US adoption of FAPI, helping facilitate global open banking interoperability.  International companies such as Intuit are also being extremely helpful.  Nat reported interest in aligning with FAPI in Brazil.  Don has an engagement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Mike reported that 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 are still testing the tests.  We have not 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.       Liaison Updates
We have a number of active liaison relationships in the financial space, including FDX (which is related to FS-ISAC), and FDATA.  A new relationship is with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which does anti-money-laundering work.  We are engaged with the IMF's Open Digital Trust Project.  Other engagements are with the ITU, the World Bank, GSMA, and the World Economic Forum (WEF).

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