February 20, 2015 -
National Institute of Standards and Technology senior official Jeremy Grant who is best known for spearheading the White House’s initiative to “kill the password” and enhance digital identity management, has announced his resignation, according to a report by Fierce Government IT.
“It’s with very mixed feelings that I’m announcing my plans to leave NIST,” wrote Grant in a recent email to members of the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group, the NIST-funded, public-private organization that strives to implement NSTIC in real world scenarios.
Grant has been the senior executive advisor for identity management at the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace program office since it was established in January 2011.
In the email, Grant said he will leave the program in April, but did not give a reason for his departure. He also said he has “no firm plans” on what he will do next.
NSTIC deputy director Mike Garcia will serve as acting director until an official successor is found.
Under Grant’s leadership, the NSTIC has implemented 15 pilot programs and recently initiated its fourth round of pilot program funding in 2015 for innovative identity solutions.
Grant also played an integral role in creating IDESG, which has helped transition NSTIC into private sector implementation.