Identity management in federal IT
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When the story of the COVID-19 crisis is written, it will focus on the amount of waste, fraud and abuse that has taken place. Hundreds of billions of dollars in COVID-19 aid have been released.
These programs include the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Disaster Loans. The possibilities of cheating are so obvious that the GAO has set up a FraudNet hotline.
Today’s crooks access finance through electronic means. The first step in this process is a valid way to establish identity.
Blake Hall saw it as a major problem long before COVID-19. In 2010 he co-founded ID.me to help veterans streamline the identification process. It has developed into a federated way of establishing identity in distributed environments, like the cloud. His system has proven to be easy to use and has saved business organizations money.
When remote working took control of the federal government in 2020, its identification system attracted several federal agencies because it reduced friction and lowered identification costs.
Hall brings a unique perspective on identity management to the federal information technology community. During the interview, he detailed some of the federal identification challenges, including existing systems, issues with proprietary directories, and how any identification system can effectively evolve.