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Government Identity/Credentialing Resources

Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), issued by President George W. Bush on August 27, 2004, mandated the establishment of a standard for identification of Federal Government employees and contractors. HSPD-12 requires the use of a common identification credential for both logical and physical access to Federally controlled facilities and information systems.

The Department of Commerce and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) were tasked with producing a standard for secure and reliable forms of identification. In response, NIST published Federal Information Processing Standard Publication 201 (FIPS 201), Personal Identity Verification (PIV) of Federal Employees and Contractors, issued on February 25, 2005, and a number of special publications that provide more detail on the implementation of the standard.

Both Federal agencies and enterprises are now implementing FIPS 201-compliant ID programs.

In September 2008, the Federal CIO Council established the Information Security & Identity Management Committee. The ISIMC, as it is commonly called, was charged with overseeing the government-wide activities related to Cybersecurity and Identity Management. In turn, the ISIMC established four subcommittees. The Identity, Credential and Access Management Subcommittee, often referred to as ICAM is co-chaired by GSA and DoD and is tasked with aligning the Identity Management activities of government, while the remaining three deal with the cybersecurity taskings.

The resources below were compiled by the Smart Card Alliance to assist organizations with their implementation of government identity/credentialing initiatives.

Smart Card Alliance Resources

Federal CIO Council / Identity, Credential and Access Management (ICAM) Subcommittee

NIST Publications and Programs

Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Guidance

General Services Administration (GSA) Guidance on Implementation and Acquisition

Presidential Directives

Industry Associations

Other Resources