These structures within the federation are effectively independent communities which are defined and managed independently by the communities themselves. These communities (e.g. divisions, departments) have positions and roles which can be in unlimited numbers within a single organization or across a federation of organizations. (e.g. The federated authorities are then applied to the hierarchy structures which constitute your organizational delegation of authority policy and these authorities are in turn inherited by incumbent users.) See Federated Identity Management & Provisioning.
- Authorities control a wide range of user privileges including workflow routings, approval rights, access to information and services and domain/network access.
- Through powerful inheritance architecture, federated hierarchies automatically inherit delegated authorities based on applied upward, downward or lateral inheritance.