President Obama’s top IT official is urging federal agencies to use online identity credentials issued by third parties as a way to cut back on costs associated with internally managing identity credential systems.
In a memo to agencies, (PDF) U.S. CIO Steven VanRoekel told them to begin accepting externally issued identity credentials “to decrease the burden on users of our systems, and reduce costs associated with managing credentials.”
Currently, people interacting with the government online–including members of the public and business partners–maintain “dozens of identity credentials” issued by the feds, according to VanRoekel. Moreover, agencies maintain “duplicative” records of these credentials on their own IT systems.
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