GSA Shared-Services Enable Agencies to Issue Secure ID Cards
August 18, 2006
Contact:Viki Reath, (202) 501-1231
WASHINGTON – The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today announced contract award to Bearing Point, Inc., of McLean, Va., which will enable agencies to provide federal employees and contractors with new identity cards that comply with standards set by Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 (HSPD-12).
This opportunity to share services provided through GSA’s HSPD-12 shared-services office is expected to enable participating agencies to issue the new cards by Oct. 27, 2006, the deadline set by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The five-year contract ceiling is $104, 638,488.
Under the competitive contract, awarded and effective yesterday, Aug. 18, agencies in the same geographic locations would be able to share required HSPD-12 implementation services and take advantage of GSA’s oversight and related management services to significantly reduce costs to the federal government and taxpayers.
"GSA has worked hard to ensure that we develop the necessary resources and services to successfully meet the HSPD-12 deadline, and today’s announcement notes another step in the right direction,” said Clay Johnson III, OMB Deputy Director for Management. "Agencies are working together to ensure government facilities are safe and secure for federal employees, and we are developing government-wide solutions to meet these national security challenges. We remain committed to meeting these important goals.”
“This award reaffirms that GSA service offerings can increase Federal agencies’ capabilities to satisfy government-wide mandates, in this case the critical HSPD-12 directive,” said Jim Williams, Commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS). “This demonstrates that FAS and its people are the premier acquisition organization in government and can provide comprehensive solutions to be used by all agencies that can lower overall costs and increase interoperability.”
A draft Memorandum of Understanding/Interagency Agreement provides all interested agencies with the costs and other terms of the shared-services program. Eventually, the HSPD-12-compliant cards will be interoperable among agencies and enable secure identity services across the Internet and agency networks.
"From the outset, the HSPD-12 Executive Steering Committee (ESC) has been committed not only to improving security but also to reducing the total cost to government of compliance with HSPD-12 through shared services," said John Sindelar, Acting Associate Administrator of GSA's Office of Governmentwide Policy and a member of the HSPD-12 ESC. "This award is a key milestone in ensuring those cost savings are realized."
GSA is a centralized, federal procurement, property management, policy development and information provision agency, created by Congress to improve government efficiency and help federal agencies better serve the public. In this role, GSA acquires products and services on behalf of federal agencies; plays a key role in developing and implementing government-wide policies; provides services and solutions for the office operations of more than one million federal workers; and encourages a citizen-centric relationship with government by providing a single "point of entry" to the information and services citizens need in a timeframe they can appreciate. This allows citizens to receive accurate, timely and consistent answers and information, and helps federal agencies better respond to citizen inquiries.