GSA successfully tests E-Authentication gateway prototype

GSA successfully tests E-Authentication gateway prototype

The General Services Administration’s prototype of the E-Authentication gateway last week passed its initial test and is being geared up to handle transactions for five or six other projects by Dec. 31.

Stephen Timchak, the E-Authentication program manager, said his group tested the model gateway with the time and attendance application of the Agriculture Department’s National Finance Center.

GSA is the managing partner of E-Authentication, one of the Office of Management and Budget’s 25 e-government initiatives.

GSA assessed the prototype by logging users on to NFC’s system using digital certificates within a public-key infrastructure that also had PIN and password security. When a user with only PIN and password access tried to log into the PKI access section of the system, the gateway recognized that the user was missing a digital certificate and denied access.

“The test showed the gateway can discriminate between different levels of authentication,” he said. “The test went well, and the gateway worked flawlessly.”

Many observers consider the E-Authentication gateway the key component to the entire e-government process, making the successful test an important milestone.

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