I just received the following message from the Fed GSA. Apparently
the eAuth portal is no longer needed by the apps that used to use it.
At 5:10 PM -0400 4/5/09, gsa.gov wrote:
>The thing that has changed is that the GSA portal has been sunset.
>Those apps that once used SAML1 and needed the portal have migrated
>to an independent SAML2 implementation or moved to an alternate
>solution. The Office of Governmentwide Policy is now providing
>governance for identity assurance services at e-auth levels 1 & 2.
>We are advocating an open approach. I believe this notice [on the
>portal web site] was for those who may come looking for the portal.
At 10:28 AM -0700 on 4/5/09, David L. Wasley wrote:
>I believe the Feds are still committed to the use of external
>credentials for access to agency applications and to M0404 and NIST
>800-63. They're just going about it in a different way. There's a
>new office in GSA that is developing the new model for how it will
>At 7:33 AM -0400 on 4/5/09, Jim Green wrote:
>>I just found this notice at the federal e-authentication portal site:
>>Welcome to the E-Authentication Portal
>>///// URGENT NOTICE /////
>>The E-Authentication managed service offering is undergoing significant
>>changes. Effective April 1, 2009, the E-Authentication Portal will no longer
>>provide services to find identity credential issuers or access to online
>>To prepare, you should contact the appropriate online government service's
>>help desk or access the application's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). By
>>clicking here, you will be redirected to a page that lists the Agency Name,
>>Application Name, the Helpdesk phone number (if available) and a link to the
>>application FAQs. We hope this information is helpful to you, and we
>>apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
>>Has anyone heard what is going on with this? This seems to imply they are
>>either tearing down or drastically changing the e-authentication service.
>>Manager, Identity Management
>>Michigan State University
>>Academic Technology Services