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VA Technical Reference Model v 21.11

iCalendar
iCalendar Standard or Specification

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Technologies must be operated and maintained in accordance with Federal and Department security and privacy policies and guidelines. More information on the proper use of the TRM can be found on the TRM Proper Use Tab/Section.

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Description: iCalendar is a standard computer file format created by Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Calendaring and Scheduling Working Group that allows Personal Information Manager software to share and exchange calendar entries.

The iCalendar format is designed to transmit calendar-based data, but it does not describe what to do with that data. It is up to the receiving software to figure out how that data should be handled. iCalendar entries are stored in files that are plain text with the extension .ics or .ifb and are designed to be independent of the transport protocol.

iCalendar allows Internet users to send meeting requests and tasks to other Internet users, via email, or sharing files with an extension of .ics. Recipients of the iCalendar data file (with supporting software, such as an email client or calendar application) can respond to the sender easily or counter-propose another meeting date/time.
Technology/Standard Usage Requirements: Users must ensure their use of this technology/standard is consistent with VA policies and standards, including, but not limited to, VA Handbooks 6102 and 6500; VA Directives 6004, 6513, and 6517; and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, including Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). Users must ensure sensitive data is properly protected in compliance with all VA regulations. Prior to use of this technology, users should check with their supervisor, Information Security Officer (ISO), Facility Chief Information Officer (CIO), or local Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) representative to ensure that all actions are consistent with current VA policies and procedures prior to implementation.
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Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v20.5
Decision Date: 05/26/2020
Introduced By: TRM Analysis
Standards Body: Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (05/26/2020).