CAMBRIDGE, Md.--The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace will succeed where other federal attempts at offering the public a common online identity have not, said Jeremy Grant, senior executive advisor for identity management at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Grant spoke May 21 during a panel session during the annual ACT-IAC Management of Change conference.
Under President Obama's fiscal 2014 budget request NIST would receive a total discretionary budget authority of $934 million, or 19.59 percent more than the current year amount under the continuing resolution when accounting for inflation.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology announced earlier this year a new round of grants for funding to demonstrate identity solutions under the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, or NSTIC . NSTIC seeks to foster conditions that would permit the wholesale replacement of passwords as an online security mechanism through creation of a standards-based identity ecosystem.
The Postal Service is moving forward with plans to conduct a one-year Federal Cloud Credential Exchange pilot designed to demonstrate next-generation online government applications requiring multi-factor authentication, according to a Federal Business Opportunities posting . As part of the Obama administration's National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, FCCX would enable the acceptance of third-party credentials to facilitate access to online government services.
The Identity Ecosystem Steering Group recently took steps to clarify its operations and governance structure. The group adopted Nov. 11 the Rules of Association (.pdf) with approval from 97 percent of the IDESG voting members. The rules provide detail on the many levels of participation in the group, the structure and responsibilities of the group, conflicts of interest, how general elections and meetings will be held, and how decisions will be made.
The Health and Human Services Department faces a major challenge as it aims to strike a balance between rapidly modernizing the healthcare system and changing at a pace that can be absorbed by healthcare professionals and IT vendors, said an HHS official during a Nov. 14 House subcommittee hearing.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services wants to move away from providing credentials and instead leverage the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, or NSTIC, according to CMS Chief Information Officer Tony Trenkle.
The Office of Management and Budget wants agencies to adopt the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, or NSTIC , to enable shared, citizen identity management across government. This will be especially useful for citizens trying to complete multiagency transactions, such as changing their names, as they will no longer have to prove their identities multiple times.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology awarded Sept. 20 five pilot projects worth more than $9 million in grant funding to demonstrate identity solutions under the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, or NSTIC . "The awardees actually came in with specific proposals to take that product and work with a number of partners to actually deploy it," said Jeremy Grant, head of the NSTIC National Program Office.
The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, or NSTIC , steering group met for the first time Aug. 15 and 16, marking the official formation of the group and a major milestone in NSTIC implementation. "This convening of the identity ecosystem steering group really represented the handing of the baton off to the private sector from the government side," said Jeremy Grant, National Institute of Standards and Technology's senior executive advisor for identity management.