Dear Members and Friends of the Alliance,
As this issue of Smart Card Talk went to press, the United States federal government was shut down due to a few hard line politicians who have calculated that by not funding the government, their actions will somehow make America a better place for everyone. The dysfunction in our federal government’s legislative institutions has now given the word “government” a bad name. As we prepare for this month’s 2013 Government Conference and inaugural User-Centric ID Live Conference being jointly held on October 15-16, the topic of my executive director letter is about government in the context of smart card adoption and leadership on security and identity credentialing. My thoughts may not inspire much confidence in the institution unless you look beyond the politicians and focus on the part of government I know and have the deepest respect for. I look forward to seeing you next week in Washington, DC.
Executive Director, Smart Card Alliance