Digital ID left out of infrastructure bill


The bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that passed the Senate on Monday night has billions in technology investments, but a plan to dramatically ramp up the federal government’s involvement in digital identity was left on the cutting-room floor.

A draft version of the Senate infrastructure bill, which was obtained by FCW, included $500 million for the Department of Labor to institute a grant fund to supply states with digital identity proofing tools that are compliant with National Institute of Standards and Technology to combat fraud in unemployment insurance benefits.

Identity proofing is front of mind for some policymakers in part because of reports of very high levels of potential fraud in unemployment insurance after benefits were enhanced and…

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