DHS seeks help with single sign-on solution
More than a year after Homeland Security Department Secretary Michael Chertoff declared improved information sharing as one of his six priorities for overhauling DHS, the agency has issued a request for information for industry solutions that can provide single sign-on access to its online services, Federal Computer Week reports.
Responses must be filed by Aug. 15.
The statement of work accompanying the request says that DHS’ intention is to build an enterprise-wide, single sign-on service for its employees, contractors and partners.
“Providing as much direct, self-service access as possible to sensitive information maintained by DHS and our mission partners is essential to improving our strategic information-sharing capability,” the statement says.
A critical part of the project is to define the types of information the single sign-on service needs to make decisions about who would be given access to what information and when, FCW reports.
The goal is to define a core set of user attributes for the single sign-on service that will improve information sharing and security, according to the statement.
DHS hopes to complete the analysis by the end of September.
For more on the DHS single sign-on solution, see the following article from GOVERNMENT SECURITY, “Single Sign-On, Multiple Benefits”