The Postal Service is moving forward with plans to conduct a one-year Federal Cloud Credential Exchange pilot designed to demonstrate next-generation online government applications requiring multi-factor authentication, according to a Federal Business Opportunities posting. As part of the Obama administration's National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, FCCX would enable the acceptance of third-party credentials to facilitate access to online government services.
USPS intends to award a one-year FCCX contract to a supplier or multiple suppliers for a software-as-a-service solution that will meet the federal government's "need to provide a consistent approach to authentication for citizens seeking online access to individualized federal agency systems and applications." The FCCX service is meant to eliminate the need for citizens to use different usernames and passwords for each agency application they want to access online.
The service would also include access to non-federal credential providers (third party providers) with a pre-established relationship as approved Federal Identity, Credential, and Access Management credential providers under the FICAM Trust Framework Solutions Program, says USPS.
The December 20 FedBizOpps notice states that USPS will be issuing a competitive solicitation for the FCCX pilot within the next 2 weeks and that proposal responses will be due three weeks from the date of the solicitation issuance. In addition, supplier demonstrations/oral presentations will be scheduled in late January with contract award in February.
Selected in November to implement and operate the FCCX pilot on behalf of the federal government, the initiative comes at a time when USPS is trying to turn around its dismal financial situation and is looking for new ways to provide online services in the hope of attracting customers with easier access to those services. The FCCX pilot will be led by the USPS Digital Solutions Group established to identify, develop and bring to market USPS's digital offerings.
-read the FBO posting