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GSA eOffer, E-Authentication Expand Business Opportunities

GSA #10325

March 6, 2007
Contact: Jon Anderson (202) 501-1231
jon.anderson@gsa.gov

 

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) announced today that small and medium-sized business customers of WellsSecure, a business unit of Wells Fargo Bank, will now have access to FAS’ premier online proposal submission program—eOffer—using WellsSecure digital certificates.  This is the latest successful public-private partnership under the U.S. E-Authentication Identity Federation managed by GSA’s E-Authentication Initiative.  eOffer’s acceptance of WellsSecure digital certificates represents a significant milestone for increasing the ability of small and medium-sized businesses to interact electronically with the federal government

 “The eOffer program provides an interactive, secure electronic environment for businesses to submit contract proposals under five GSA multiple award schedules,” said FAS Commissioner James A. Williams. “This simplifies the contracting process from start to finish, reducing the paperwork burden for businesses and contracting officers—which translates into substantial savings for the American taxpayer.”  Williams added, “As GSA’s primary procurement and acquisition office, FAS is making great strides to expand and make possible business and citizen access to web-based government programs and services.”

As an E-Authentication Identity Federation member, Wells Fargo offers its WellsSecure digital certificates to be used to access other Federation member online applications.  WellsSecure complies with federal government policies and standards, as well as Federation governance and operational standards.  

The E-Authentication Initiative provides the framework and managed services for a secure, consistent and standardized approach for verifying the online identity of citizens, businesses and other governments accessing federal government applications and services. Through membership in the Federation, federal agencies can rely on identity credentials such as PINs, user IDs, passwords and digital certificates issued and managed by other organizations within and outside the federal government.

Members of the Federation include relying parties (federal agencies and applications) and credential service providers that have adopted a set of agreements, standards and technologies—based upon approved policy and technology standards established by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Office of Management and Budget—to make identity portable and secure across multiple domains.

E-Authentication was approved as the Authentication Service Component of the Federal Enterprise Architecture in August 2005.  For more information on eOffer, E-Authentication and WellsSecure, visit http://eoffer.gsa.gov, http://www.cio.gov/eauthentication and http://www.wellssecure.com.

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Founded in 1949, GSA serves as a centralized procurement and property management agency for the federal government.  GSA manages more than one-fourth of the government’s total procurement dollars and influences the management of $500 billion in federal assets, including 8,300 government-owned or leased buildings and 170,000 vehicles.  GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 420 historic properties, and as manager of USA.gov, the official portal to federal government information and services. GSA’s mission to provide superior workplaces, expert technology solutions, acquisition services, purchasing and e-travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions. 


Did You Know? GSA is the lead federal agency for E-Authentication, the cross-cutting eGovernment Initiative included in the President’s Management Agenda.  The E-Authentication Initiative helps agencies mitigate the security and privacy risks associated with electronic government by making available trusted electronic credentials, (PINs, passwords, digital certificates) and interoperable technology products and services that can be used by agencies to authenticate individuals for access to on-line applications. Individuals can include citizens, business representatives, agents of other governments (state, local, tribal) and federal employees.