With the rapid growth of online academic resources and services, the need for a secure and simplified federated access to these resources was realized. A workgroup was formed to coordinate efforts across the NJEDge.Net membership to provide a forum for gathering and exchanging information to develop and deploy a statewide standard-based Federated Identity management infrastructure. The group is comprised of enterprise directory analysts and other technical staff working with administrative system applications with an interest in user authentication and application authorization.