GSA gives digital certificate go-ahead
- By Diane Frank
- Apr 06, 2000
DALLAS — In a step toward enabling agencies' "digital department" initiatives,
the General Services Administration has given the first vendor the go-ahead
to issue digital certificates under GSA's governmentwide contract for electronic
GSA's Office of Information Security this week approved Digital Signature
Trust Co., one of the three vendors on the Access Certificates for Electronic
Services contract, to start issuing digital certificates to agencies.
The ACES digital certificates can store a user's unique digital signature
to identify that person during an electronic transaction. It also allows
encryption of the information being transmitted. Under ACES, a certificate
issued through one agency can be used at all of the other agencies participating
in the ACES contract.
GSA and DST made the announcement in time for the GSA Federal Technology
Service's annual user conference here, and it is a big step forward in the
use of the contract, said Judith Spencer, director of GSA's Center for Governmentwide
DST also unveiled a World Wide Web site, www.acesaccess.com, to educate
agencies about the benefits of the ACES contract and how to order services
GSA is working to approve AT&T and Operational Research Consultants
Inc., the other two vendors on ACES, to issue certificates.
DST and ORC also are issuing software-based digital certificates through
the Defense Department's Interim External Certificate Authority program.