What is an Identity Provider Organization (IDPO)?

A federation member organization that vets individuals, collects attributes about these individuals, and maintains these attributes in an accurate and timely manner. The IDPO operates an Identity Provider (IDP), which is a software service that performs user authentication each time an individual presents himself or herself to the federation and assigns the current attributes about the individual for a given information technology session. These attributes are presented to Service Providers in the federation or on a federation-to-federation basis.