NIST hires ASI's Grant to run Trusted Identities Office

Tuesday - 2/1/2011, 12:51pm EST

By Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

For the second time in six months, the National Institute of Standards and Technology snagged another expert from industry.

NIST announced Monday that Jeremy Grant will manage the establishment of a National Program Office for the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC).

Grant follows Ari Schwartz to NIST. Schwartz joined the bureau from the Center for Democracy and Technology in August to work on the Internet Policy Task Force.

The White House announced the creation of a new trusted identities program office in January. It would coordinate the efforts between the government and private industry around secure online transactions.

Grant comes to NIST with both federal and industry experience. He has been chief development officer for ASI Government (formerly Acquisition Solutions, Inc.) since April 2009.

Prior to joining ASI Government, he spent almost his entire career working on identity management and credentialing issues.

Grant began his career as a legislative aide in the Senate, where he drafted the legislation which laid the groundwork for the Department of Defense and GSA smart card and public key infrastructure efforts. Grant then joined the Intelligent Technologies Division at Maximus, a government services firm, where he led the division's security and identity management practice, and played a major role in a number of major federal identity and security programs. He then spent three years withWashington Research Group as the firm's identity and cybersecurity market analyst.

He also has been active with several identity management committees at TechAmerica and the Interagency Smart Card Advisory Board.

In leading the NSTIC, Grant will help bring the public and private sectors together to meet the challenge of building consensus on legal, technical and policy frameworks.

Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Working with industry to identify where new standards or collaborative efforts may be needed to enable Americans to use - and businesses and other entities to accept - stronger, more secure online authentication technologies;

  • Coordinating collaboration across government stakeholders, including agencies such as the General Services Administration and Department of Homeland Security, as well as state and local governments; and

  • Guiding NSTIC pilot projects and other NSTIC-related implementations.

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