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The federal government is experimenting with a technology that will allow users to register once to create a password and use that same ID at multiple sites. NextGov reports that “The vision is not expected to be fully realized until after 2020. But one part of the network is slated to debut as early as next month.”
- EXCLUSIVE: New Connect.gov Aims to Consolidate Your Passwords, By Aliya Sternstein, NextGov (September 15, 2014).
The U.S. government’s piece of the ecosystem will be called Connect.gov, a login screen for citizens that ultimately will pop up on every secured federal form and website, according to agency planners. The name of the new initiative has not been publicly announced. The tool, ultimately, will validate credentials from a variety of approved ID providers, such as Google.
Connect.gov “is going to launch with a few key anchor agencies that will be testing it out in the first round,” including the Department of Veterans Affairs, [NSTIC head Jeremy] Grant said. The IRS, one of the most high-traffic federal sites, will not use the security system. A big wave of other agencies is expected follow within the next 18 to 24 months, he said.