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NIST extends comment period for digital identity guidelines

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has been working on Special Publication 800-63-3, a broad suite of digital identity guidelines, for more than a year, and comments on the latest draft were due March 31. 

However, since significant changes were made to address risk management and mitigation issues, NIST decided to extend the comment period for that portion of the document until May 1.

In a March 31 blog post announcing the extension, Paul Grassi and Mike Garcia of NIST's Applied Cybersecurity Division Information Technology Laboratory wrote that the risk-related guidelines were crafted in close collaboration with the Office of Management and Budget.  "We believe this change will make digital identity management simpler for agency officials, mission owners, and implementers alike, they wrote.  "But -- consistent with the approach we’ve taken with this update so far – we need your feedback to know if we got it right."

The new draft incorporates "guidelines for supporting the risk assessment process of digital applications," and Grassi and Garcia asked commenters to "review this document on its merits and ... not comment on potential conflicts with existing guidance."  NIST, they wrote, already is working to address any such conflicts.

Comments for the 800-63A, 800-63B, and 800-63C subsections closed as planned at the end of March.  Comments on the "parent volume" can be made here.  (NIST has instructions for those new to the GitHub-based commenting process.)

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Troy K. Schneider is editor-in-chief of FCW and GCN, as well as General Manager of Public Sector 360.

Prior to joining 1105 Media in 2012, Schneider was the New America Foundation’s Director of Media & Technology, and before that was Managing Director for Electronic Publishing at the Atlantic Media Company. The founding editor of, Schneider also helped launch the political site in the mid-1990s, and worked on the earliest online efforts of the Los Angeles Times and Newsday. He began his career in print journalism, and has written for a wide range of publications, including The New York Times,, Slate, Politico, National Journal, Governing, and many of the other titles listed above.

Schneider is a graduate of Indiana University, where his emphases were journalism, business and religious studies.

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