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E-Enterprise Federated Identity Management (EE-FIM) allows users to move between secure state, tribal, and EPA systems with the user’s chosen login. (For a full explanation of the EE-FIM model, visit our EE-FIM Landing Page.) The current EE-FIM project work aims to expand this network of trusted systems and identify the most beneficial ways participants can use the network to serve their agency’s mission. This phase of the project will add new state partners to the network and will identify opportunities for environmental agencies in bordering states to securely share and transmit data through the EE-FIM system.

GOALS

This work builds on the success of first phase of the E-Enterprise Federated Identity Management Initiative, which established a proof of concept for states’ ability to connect to the EPA-managed Security Bridge platform. Phase 2 expands the trust network to include U.S. EPA’s Shared CROMERR Services (SCS), as well as systems belonging to the Colorado Department of Health & Environment and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.

Another goal of this phase is to develop interagency workflows for agency staff to use the EE-FIM system to share air and water quality monitoring and modeling data across state lines, and collaborate with other agencies in responding to environmental incidents. The team will also test these new workflows and measure their effectiveness.

BENEFITS

  • Enhanced user experience through more secure and simplified transactions
  • Reduced cost and burden associated with registering and maintaining multiple identities across applications, supporting agency staff to remain productive
  • Improved two-way business transactions between co-regulators and the regulated community
  • Improved collaborative work between co-regulators by eliminating barriers between agencies
  • Reduced costs by providing “Single-Sign-On” functionality to entities that lack the resources to create such a system for themselves

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Phase 2 expands the trust network to include U.S. EPA’s Shared Cross-Media Electronic Reporting Rule (CROMERR) Services, as well as secure data sharing between partners including the Colorado Department of Health & Environment and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.

The project team developed interagency workflows for agency staff to use the E-Enterprise Federated Identity Management (EE-FIM) system to share air and water quality monitoring and modeling data across state lines and collaborate with other agencies in responding to environmental incidents.

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Publish more API capabilities to facilitate emergency response workflows. This includes state emergency contacts for partner environmental agencies, EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data, and other data APIs.
  • Use the API capabilities in a variety of client applications such as Google Assistant, an artificial intelligence virtual assistant.
  • Complete the deployment of shared CROMERR identities across E-Enterprise partners.
  • Develop user guides and documentation for authenticated user access.
  • Increase the number of log-in accounts available to users.

RESOURCES

EE-FIM Phase I report, Partner Integration and Gap Analysis

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