Membership growth in the Alliance was more than 40% over the last 14 months, Smart Card Alliance Executive Director Randy Vanderhoof told attendees in his annual report to the members. He cited interest in the Alliance's new industry councils and expansion into Latin America as factors fueling that growth. Cathy Medich, task force chair, reported that over 200 individuals from more than 100 member organizations have been involved in recent task force and council activities. Linda Santucci, international trade specialist for the Department of Commerce, Commercial Services organization, explained the many programs offered by the U.S. commercial services organization to assist U.S. organizations in marketing products and services to Latin America.
Mary Mitchell, deputy associate administrator, General Service Administration (GSA) Office of Governmentwide Policy, described the GSA's efforts to help agencies move to FIPS 201 compliance on the mandated timelines. The Alliance presented the GSA Office of Governmentwide Policy with an Innovation Award for being at the center of the government smart card procurement services, its work through its Federal Smart Card Project Managers Group, and being a supporter of forming alliances between government and the smart card industry.
The Transportation Council, Contactless Payments Council and Physical Access Council of the Alliance met in separate sessions to discuss current projects and plan new activities.