Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: Tom Groenfeldt reports in Forbes that the US Postal Service has awarded a contract to SecureKey to implement the Federal Cloud Credential Exchange (FCXX) designed to enable individuals to securely access online services at multiple federal agencies —such as health benefits, student loan information, and retirement benefit information—without the need to use a different password or other digital identification for each service. SecureKey already operates a trusted identity service in Canada using identification keys provided by one of five participating Canadian banks, that allows Canadians to connect with 120 government programs online with no additional user names or passwords for everything from benefits queries to fishing licenses. “This system marks a significant milestone in the evolution of cloud computing, leading the way in demonstrating how identities will be utilized and managed in the online world for years to come, and we are thrilled to have been selected by the USPS for this critical national initiative,” says Andre Boysen, chief marketing officer for SecureKey. The SecureKey program is designed to connect identity providers—such as banks, governments, healthcare organizations, and others—with consumers’ favorite online services though a cloud-based broker service. The platform allows identity providers and online services to integrate once, reducing the integration and business complexity otherwise incurred in establishing many-to-many relationships.
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