Announcing the NIEF QuickStart Program

Together with the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) and the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), NIEF is pleased to announce the NIEF QuickStart program.

Under this program, GTRI and NASCIO will select a small group of government agencies from among the U.S. State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial (SLTT) government community, and GTRI will assist selected agencies by facilitating and shepherding them through NIEF’s formal on-boarding process. It is expected that the selected on-boarding projects will be completed in approximately twelve (12) months.

Agencies interested in submitting a readiness assessment to be considered for participation in the NIEF QuickStart Program can go to and submit an assessment profile online.

For more information, including NASCIO and GTRI contacts who can answer your questions, please download and review the NIEF QuickStart Program Summary.

New NIEF Signing Certificate / Key Pair

The X.509 certificate and key used to sign the NIEF trust fabric has been updated.  During the deployment of new trust fabric management tools for FICAM compliance, the old key was deleted, requiring a new key to be created.  There is no security risk in trusting the old NIEF certificate, but it will no longer be in use.  The new NIEF certificate is available for download from the NIEF Trust Fabric page.  All NIEF members should update their SAML systems to trust the new certificate.

Please contact if you have any concerns or need any assistance in updating your SAML systems.


Migration to SHA-256

In accordance with NIST SP 800-131A, NIEF will be migrating away from the use of SHA-1 by the end of 2013.  The NIEF trust fabric will no longer be published using SHA-1 digital signatures and members of NIEF will be validated to insure their SAML operations are using SHA-256 as their onboarding is updated for FICAM compliance.

Please direct any questions or concerns to