GSA wants information on E-Authentication services

The General Services Administration in the next month will release a request for information on the cost implications of using existing credentials in the E-Authentication federation.

Georgia Marsh, deputy program manager for the E-Authentication initiative, one of the 25 original e-government projects, said the RFI also is asking vendors to compare the cost of issuing new credentials against bringing in existing ones from providers such as financial institutions.

'Since the federation is based on using credentials, we want to know how much it would cost to leverage the work of these organizations that have already issued them,' Marsh said at a conference on Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 and E-Authentication in Washington, sponsored by the Potomac Forum Inc. of Potomac, Md.
GSA will use the information from the RFI to develop its strategic direction, including the cost to continue to operate the federation, Marsh said.

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