Agencies to start accepting external login credentials

Monday - 10/31/2011, 1:02pm EDT

Federal agencies are being told to start accepting login credentials from outside providers for access to federal websites. Over the next year, agencies will start phasing in support for login credentials from providers like Google, Paypal, and members of the OpenID initiative. Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel says the goal is to get rid of duplicative and expensive backend systems that agencies operate now to manage public access to functions on their websites. OMB wants agencies to start with systems that have lower security needs.