This is the draft preview of version 3.1 for the Federal Identity, Credential, and Access Management architecture.

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Thank you for contributing to our development of an open and transparent Federal Identity, Credential, and Access Management (FICAM) Architecture. Everyone has tips and tricks and we want to share these with our colleagues!

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A screenshot of the Code tab of the FICAM-Arch Github repository.

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