Federal agencies join Liberty Alliance

The General Services Administration and U.S. Department of Defense last week became the latest members to join the Liberty Alliance, a group working to create a standards-based specification for federated user identity.

The group, which now has 160 members, also added to its membership rolls Lockheed Martin, the largest provider of IT services, systems integration and training to the U.S. government.

The government is said to be interested in exploring how the Liberty Alliance specifications can help government organizations authenticate the identity of users that do business with government groups over the Internet.

The alliance is expected to announce Version 2.0 of its specification this summer.