GSA to test e-authentication tools

The General Services Administration will set up a lab under the E-Authentication e-government initiative to test commercial products that perform certificate path discovery and validation services.

In a request for information released this week, GSA asked vendors to submit products that meet federal functional requirements by April 15. After reviewing responses, GSA will invite vendors whose products meet the requirements to test them in the E-Authentication lab.

GSA will eventually release a list of qualified and preferred vendors to federal agencies for implementing certificate e-authentication systems. The list will be available by June 30, the RFI said.

"While the government's ultimate goal is to acquire products and services that fully meet these requirements, we acknowledge that products and services available today may not fully address these requirements," the RFI said. "Therefore we are interested in determining the state of industry and subsequently working with vendors whose products and services most closely meet these requirements."

GSA is asking vendors to address two methodologies: local validation and host validation. Local validation products are co-located with the secure applications; an outside vendor provides host validation services.

The list of preferred vendors will also help agencies implement the federal identification card standards that the National Institute of Standards and Technology released in February. The Office of Management and Budget mandated implementation of these standards by October 2006.

E-Authentication is one of the 25 Quicksilver projects and one of five that GSA manages.

Reader Comments

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

What is your e-mail address?

My e-mail address is:

Do you have a password?

Forgot your password? Click here
close

Trending

  • Dive into our Contract Award database

    In an exclusive for WT Insider members, we are collecting all of the contract awards we cover into a database that you can sort by contractor, agency, value and other parameters. You can also download it into a spreadsheet. Our databases track awards back to 2013. Read More

  • Navigating the trends and issues of 2016 Nick Wakeman

    In our latest WT Insider Report, we pull together our best advice, insights and reporting on the trends and issues that will shape the market in 2016 and beyond. Read More

contracts DB

Washington Technology Daily

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.