Author: 
Steven VanRoekel, Federal Chief Information Officer
Executive Office of the President — Office of Management and Budget — Washington, DC
Thursday, October 6, 2011

As we work to achieve a more responsive and cost-effective government, it is essential that we identify opportunities to both improve services that deliver results for the American people, ensure their information is private and secure online and eliminate duplication. One such opportunity is in the area of identity management. Currently, members of the public and business partners maintain dozens of identity credentials to interact with the government online, and agencies maintain duplicative backend systems. To decrease the burden on users of our systems, and reduce costs associated with managing credentials, agencies are to begin leveraging externally-issued1 credentials, in addition to continuing to offer federally-issued credentials.