OpenID has been made often enough on this blog. Implementing it for the projects of the Wikimedia Foundation only makes sense when both the provider and the user functionality are implemented.
Ryan Lane writes on his blog that he is now a full time Operations Engineer. In the blog he writes several goals that he aims to achieve. Point 4 is the one about OpenID.
If there is one downside to this list, it is its ambition. There are more things that are really needed. One way of reading it is that it is a list of objectives for the Operations department. This means that Ryan will not be the only one caring for these goals.