Startups to authenticate Connect.Gov users

It's a big federal contract for the digital ID verification company.

Many commercial brands employ's vetting services. Now, so will the federal government.


Tysons Corner-based digital passport company will serve as the virtual bouncer of the federal government.

“The initiative allows individuals verified through to utilize one set of digital credentials across a broad network of commercial and public sector resources,” said Chief Product Officer Ryan Fox in a statement Wednesday.
The company has cinched an 18-month contract with the General Services Administration to vet users visiting Connect.Gov, a centralized website for access to resources and benefits from various government agencies.
Hundreds of retailers use to proof customers for targeted coupons and rebates, including big-ticket brands like Under Armour, Starbucks and Dell.
We profiled the company in October. has participated in the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace pilot, the broader program behind Connect.Gov, since October 2013.
In September 2013, was awarded a $1.2 million grant, and said it expected an additional $1.6 million, from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology to develop the system.

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