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Subject: RE: [election-services] EML v6 : EAC REQUIREMENTS

David -
The test suites that are being developed are to enhance the current standards evaluation/certification process.  There is an established, current standard.  It is being used to evaluate all vendor systems that are submitted for review by the Independent Test Authorities that the EAC recognizes.  Those ITAs have been free to build their own test plans/scripts in the past, leading to a wide variance in the plans.  To be more consistent, they are trying to build formal ones that all ITAs must use for all submitted systems.  A vast majority of the review is machine and security centric; the interchange of information is only a portion of the standard and of the review.
- Peter

From: David RR Webber (XML) [mailto:david@drrw.info]
Sent: 2009-05-13 9:00 AM
To: Joseph Lorenzo Hall
Cc: eml
Subject: RE: [election-services] EML v6 : EAC REQUIREMENTS


I'm deeply puzzled by this.  How do you develop test suites if you have not selected a standard yet?!?!?!

Perhaps someone from NIST can explain how this is at all possible?

Thanks, DW 
<SNIP>  Right now the TGDC has
delivered it's recommendations to the EAC and is now focused on test
suites, not more standards. best, Joe

Joseph Lorenzo Hall
ACCURATE Postdoctoral Research Associate
UC Berkeley School of Information
Princeton Center for Information Technology Policy
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