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GSA and the Department of Defense Join the Liberty Alliance Project

Government Groups Look to the Open Liberty Alliance Project to Address Digital Identity Challenges

Wednesday, March 05, 2003

Liberty Alliance Project - March 05, 2003 - The Liberty Alliance Project announced today that the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) have joined the Liberty Alliance in its pursuit to develop open and interoperable standards for electronically managing identity information.

The GSA and DoD join other Liberty Alliance members from both the private and public sectors, representing various countries around the world. The global collaboration of government organizations, corporations and consumer interest groups will prove invaluable to helping solve the complex technical and business issues associated with network identity that the Liberty Alliance is currently working to address.

"Governments and companies are looking at how to use the Web to improve business processes and provide consumers and constituents with better access to information," said Michael Barrett, president of the Liberty Alliance Management Board and vice president of Internet Strategy for American Express. "Identity management is central to each of these things, and identity management is becoming even more relevant as an increasing number of transactions and relationships move online."

For example, eAuthentication is one of the Bush Administration's 24 eGovernment initiatives. The initiative was designed to verify (authenticate) the identity of citizens and businesses doing business with the government over the Internet. eAuthentication will enable the mutual trust needed to support widespread use of electronic interactions between the public and government and across governments.

GSA, the managing partner for this initiative, is responsible for the development and implementation of infrastructure for common authentication services across the Federal Government. GSA's participation in the Liberty Alliance is an important step toward the development of a common infrastructure to advance the President's eGovernment agenda.

Other government groups, on the federal as well as state and local level, are looking at how digital identity affects their own systems and processes. Some, like the Department of Defense, are joining the Liberty Alliance as a way to participate in the discussion and solve their identity issues.

The Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) is responsible for collecting and maintaining important information for the Department of Defense, including automated power, personnel, training and financial databases. "We are involved in a number of projects where there is a need for secure digital identity," said Bill Boggess, Chief of Access and Authentication Division for the DMDC. "We are pleased to be a part of the Liberty Alliance's efforts to create an open, federated network identity standard that can be used across industries which will help us enhance our relationships with government entities."

If you are interested in seeing the full list of Liberty Alliance members or are interested in becoming a member, please visit us at www.projectliberty.org.

About the Liberty Alliance Project
The Liberty Alliance Project (www.projectliberty.org) is an alliance of more than 160 companies, non-profit and government organizations formed to develop and deploy open, federated network identification standards that support all current and emerging network devices in the digital economy. Federated identity will help drive the next generation of the Internet, offering businesses and consumers convenience and choice. Membership is open to all commercial and non-commercial organizations. For information on becoming a member, please visit www.projectliberty.org/membership.

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