E-Authentication RFI released

E-Authentication RFI

The General Services Administration has released the request for information for the proposed gateway to authenticate users for multiple agencies' e-government services.

GSA is the lead agency on the e-Authentication initiative, one of 24 cross-agency initiatives overseen by the Office of Management and Budget as part of the President's Management Agenda.

The gateway would consolidate the validation of multiple levels of authentication -- such as a password or digital certificate -- through a single interface that could be used to access other cross-agency services.

The RFI, released July 12, outlines nine areas where the GSA team wants input from industry on the best solution to meet the government's authentication needs. The team is looking for advice on matters ranging from potential acquisition strategies and types of credentials to privacy concerns and Web technologies.

Responses to the RFI are due to GSA by Aug. 8 and must address all nine areas. GSA is already working with Mitretek Systems Inc. to build a prototype gateway that will be tested starting in September.

The RFI responses and the lessons learned from the prototype will be used to develop the request for proposals for the final production gateway. The RFP will go out this fall.

The final gateway must go live in September 2003, according to the milestones laid out for the initiative in the E-Government Strategy.

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