On October 24th, 2011, David Perara wrote for FierceGovernment on how NSTIC should still move forward with pilot programs in the current fiscal year despite uncertain funding. This was according to Jeremy Grant, the senior executive advisor of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The House of Representative's 2012 NIST appropriations bill would give the agency no money for NSTIC pilots, while the Senate version of the bill would fund the program with $24 million. Grant assumed that the money for the NSTIC pilot program would still come through despite the funding concerns.
The pilot program refers to an NIST program that will seek to experiment with the identity ecosystem in certain government and private sectors. Grant intends to set up multiple pilot programs that span multiple sectors including banking, online commerce, and state government. Grant hopes that various industrial sectors will bid on the NSTIC pilot programs, allowing those companies to demonstrate that the identity ecoystem, in miniature, is indeed feasible.
The source article can be found here.