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GSA Mandates Liberty Alliance SAML 2.0 Interoperability Testing

Liberty Alliance announced that the E-Authentication Solution program of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) now mandates passing Liberty Alliance SAML 2.0 interoperability testing as a prerequisite for participating in the US E-Authentication Identity Federation.

This news comes as governments around the world build and deploy SAML 2.0-based applications to offer millions of citizens secure and privacy-respecting online services and to provide businesses and public sector trading partners with an open, proven interoperable and trusted platform for conducting and managing a wide variety of identity-based transactions. Countries building and deploying identity-based applications using Liberty Federation, which consists of ID-FF 1.1, 1.2 and SAML 2.0 specifications, include Austria, Australia, France, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, countries in the Middle East, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The decision by the E-Authentication Solution to require Liberty Alliance SAML 2.0 interoperability testing for vendors participating in the US E-Authentication Identity Federation is furthering the deployment of trusted inter-federations among governments and private sector organizations worldwide.

Originally launched in 2002 as part of the President's Management Agenda, the E-Authentication Solution assists federal agencies in mitigating the security and privacy risks associated with e-government and helps control government costs associated with authenticating large numbers of end users. E-Authentication Solution's move to have vendors pass Liberty Alliance testing recognizes the important role interoperability plays in advancing the deployment of trusted identity federations." Focus Areas: BPEL | DITA | ebXML | IDtrust | OpenDocument | SAML | UBL | UDDI
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