The US government is moving closer to developing a way to enable companies and individuals do business with government agencies over the Internet.
The General Services Administration (GSA) announced at the E-Gov 98 conference in Washington DC this week that it is doing a lot of research into authentication and digital-certificates under the guise of the Access Certificates for Electronic Services (ACES) project.
The GSA hopes to curb all security concerns by getting the identities of the PC users to be authenticated via a trusted third party, rather than through a federal agency itself.
Those certificates would then give users a secure path for transacting a range of government business, from checking tax returns to passport applications, effectively eliminating the need to visit an agency?s office.
As different federal agencies have different security requirement it is expected that users will be able to use different ?identities? for each agency or application.
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