There is a belief held by many that goes something like this - "Standards committees don't die, they just re-charter!". A few yearsback, when I accepted the offer to co-chair the Web Services SecurityTechnical Committee (WSS TC) at OASIS, I was determined that we woulddo our work and then, at the appropriate time, shut down the TC. Overthe last few years we have delivered two sets of OASIS Standards(WS-Security and a set of token profiles) as well as some erratadocuments. Right before then end of 2006 we had a discussion in thecommittee and concluded unanimously that we had done the job we set outto do (provide a really good and broadly adopted open standard for webservices message security). We therefore decided that the time had cometo shut down the TC. Of course other Web Services security workcontinues in other committees. The Web Services Secure Exchange (WSSX)committee is working on standardizing the WS-Trust, WS-SecurityPolicyand WS-SecureConversation specs for example. These specs, like manyothers, build on the work done in the WSS TC.
I would like to thank my co-chair, the OASIS staff and all of the many folks that haveparticipated in the WSS TC over the last few years for all of theirhard work. The last time I counted (two years ago) there were more than 15 independentimplementations of WS-Security and I am sure that number is much highernow so I feel good about the work we have done at OASIS.
You can read the official OASIS announcement for more details. There is also a story in the latest OASIS News bulletin.