GSA's Federal Technology Service Makes Initial ACES Award
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GSA # 9607
September 13, 1999
Contact: Bill Bearden (202) 501-1231
Washington, DC -- The U.S. General Services Administration has made the first award in its Access Certificates for Electronic Services (ACES) procurement to Digital Signature Trust Company. The term of the contract is 3 base years with a 3-year option.
The Federal Technology Service (FTS), Office of Information Security selected the Salt Lake City, Utah headquartered company for the initial award of the CES contract. The contract will provide a common public key infrastructure for enabling the American public electronic access to privacy-related U.S. Government information and services. Based on public key technology, ACES will provide identification, authentication, and non-repudiation via the use of Digital signature technology as a means for individuals and business entities to be authenticated when accessing, retrieving, and submitting information in communications with the government.
"The ACES award represents a critical step in the government's ability to provide secure electronic services to citizens," said Marty Wagner, Associate Administrator for Governmentwide Policy (OGP), whose office provided policy guidance during the development of the procurement. "It is also a significant step forward for e-commerce and potentially, a major advance in streamlining the government's administrative operations. My congratulations to FTS, my staff in the OGP, and many others from agencies across the Federal community in working through the many ground-breaking issues."
Dennis Fischer, Commissioner of FTS, echoed Marty's sentiments, "This is a major milestone in the Government's ability to provide the necessary security technology to enable our electronic processes. I believe it will be invaluable as we move into the Internet environment."
"A lot of hard work went into this procurement. We wanted to make sure we got it right," said Tom Burke, Assistant Commissioner for Information Security, the office charged with bringing ACES to fruition. "This finished product offers a lot of flexibility to the participating agencies for the implementation of public key technology."
The Federal government is striving to increase efficiency, productivity, and citizen access to government information and services through the introduction of modern information technologies. ACES is a comprehensive offering of public key infrastructure services and products which will facilitate this increase. ACES is one of the key initiatives cited in the Federal Public Key Infrastructure Steering Committee report, Access With Trust, released in September 1998, which "focuses on how the Federal government will promote and use a PKI to safeguard and protect electronic interactions . . . externally (between the Federal government and its many trading partners--state and local governments, businesses and individuals)."
Rich Guida, GITS Security Champion and Chair of the Federal PKI Steering Committee adds, "This contract is the culmination of a tremendous amount of work by a large number of very dedicated people. It is a reflection of the commitment the administration has to realizing the goals of Access America."
GSA/FTS is continuing to work with the remaining offerors and hopes to have additional awards on this multiple award schedule contract within the next few weeks.
Additional information concerning ACES is available at http://www.gsa.gov/aces, or call. Judith Spencer at (202) 708-5600.