18F's Second Project Under Agile BPA: Citizen Logins

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The tech consultancy wants to work with a vendor on identity management.

The federal government could be inching toward a streamlined citizen login system.

18F, the General Services Administration’s much-hyped tech consultancy, is looking for vendors to help build a citizen-facing “authentication platform” all government agencies can use, according to documents posted on GitHub.

The group plans to launch the new system by November, those documents say.

FedScoop first reported on the task order.

This is the second project under 18F’s Agile Blanket Purchase Agreement, a contracting system that pre-vets vendors who develop products in a piecemeal, rapidly prototyped fashion.

Last month, 18F made its first contract award under the Agile BPA to Reston-based tech company TrueTandem, tasked with completing the beta launch of a dashboard for the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP.

Since GSA created its new Technology Transformation Service, under which 18F now falls, one of the group’s first new projects has been fixing the “inconsistent, difficult experience” citizens have “logging in and proving their identity when interacting with the government online,” an 18F blog post published in May said.

A vendor would work with 18F to solve “identity issues faced by agencies” and to “[i]mprove the 18F identity solution to help meet agency needs,” the performance work statement says.

The contract period would start at three months, with three subsequent optional periods lasting three months. Work would start 10 days after the award is made.