Written by John Hewitt Jones
The Department of Veterans Affairs will receive $10.5 million in funding from the Technology Modernization Fund to support the agency’s transition to Login.gov.
In a statement announcing the award Tuesday, the General Services Administration, which administers the TMF and also operates Login.gov, said the sum would be used to revamp the login experience for veterans looking to use VA.gov and MyHealth. GO. .gov.
The funding will also be used to create an in-person identity verification option for veterans unable to register online and launch a pilot project for the use of physical security keys for multi-factor authentication.
This is the latest project to receive funding from the Technology Modernization Fund, which has invested in more than 20 initiatives since its inception in 2019.
The VA is the latest federal agency to adopt the GSA’s Login.gov shared service. In February, the IRS pledged to adopt the platform as a user authentication tool after it discontinued use of a commercial tool with third-party facial recognition technology.
Last month, the Biden administration asked lawmakers to approve an additional $300 million in funding for the Technology Modernization Fund as part of the president’s fiscal year 2023 budget request.
The request for additional funding came as the board of the federal IT investment fund continues to evaluate project proposals from federal agencies as it decides how to spend the remaining $1 billion provided in the framework of the American rescue plan (ARP) 2021.
Commenting on the latest project, GSA Administrator Robin Carnahan said, “Our nation has a sacred obligation to care for our veterans and their families, and this investment will help the VA deliver on that commitment.”
Login.gov provides a single account for securely accessing government services online and is already used by agencies such as the US Small Business Administration and programs such as USAJobs.
“By offering a single sign-on solution and giving veterans an option to verify identity in person, we will make it easier and more secure for them to access the services they deserve,” she added.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough said: “We want veterans to easily and securely access the care and benefits they’ve earned, and the implementation of Login.gov creates a trusted government ID to do just that.”