Department of Energy

Computer Security through fewer passwords

Develop a single Federal Computer interface for employees. This can be done by creating a single federal log in page which allows linking to all other accounts without further logging in. We have developed a computer based work environment where we have a dozen or more separate and distinct user names and passwords (I currenlty have 12 I use regularly). Each user name and password has separate and distinct requirements regarding length, and characters. As a result, every federal employee has a list of user names and passwords somewhere in their work space, making our computers less secure rather than more secure. In addition, this requires significant time waste signing in, and resigning in, to the wide variety of federal accounts I must access every day. I would save hours a week and have a much more secure computer if I were allowed to access all programs through one secure interface.

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Idea No. 479