U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke last week announced the release of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) during an event sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The event appears to have been your standard hoopla affair, and comes a couple months after circulation of the initial draft. You can read the NSTIC strategy in its entirety here.
Overall, NSTIC is an interesting effort undertaken by the federal government in recognition of the myriad failures limiting the growth of safe, secure online transactions today. In particular, the report puts a major emphasis on the continued use of passwords, and in the need for individuals to have unique credentials for the dozens of sites they interact with on a regular basis. Most people make use of unsafe computing practices, reusing passwords and/or choosing week, but easily remembered, credentials.