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Michael Garcia

Director, Trusted Identities Groups, NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), USA


Presenting with Mark DiFraia, and Brenda Coone


Defeating State Income Tax Fraud utilizing Digital Identity

  • Tax refund fraud totalled more than $7 billion in 2015 and is projected to be $21 billion in 2016.
  • States recognize that the use of strong digital identities are central to defeating this epidemic.
  • Alabama and Georgia are at the forefront of tackling this problem through the use of strong digital identities.


Full synopsis
This panel will discuss the on-going MorphoTrust and National Strategy on Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) funded pilots in Georgia and Alabama to promote strong digital identities and combat state income tax fraud. Attendees will hear first-hand from the leaders of each respective state’s Department of Revenue. Their unique perspective will speak to the utility of strong identity as it pertains to this timely use case. The session will also share pilot adoption rates to date and consumer feedback.


Mike Garcia is a PhD economist and Federal 100 award winning cybersecurity expert. He currently serves as lead for the Trusted Identities Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and director of the National Program Office implementing the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), working to catalyze commercial and government adoption of innovative online identity solutions and advancing standards, guidance, and measurement science in identity management.

Mike has focused on cyber economics at NIST since 2011 and was previously with the Department of Homeland Security. He has also worked as a market research manager and software engineer. His dissertation analyzed the conditions that induce firms to invest in preventing data breaches and to report them when they happen.

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