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GSA Awards HSPD-12 Contract for Secure ID Cards

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Posted May 2, 2007

GSA awarded a contract to Electronic Data Systems Corporation (EDS) on April 24 to develop and implement the new, HSPD-12 identity cards for 1.5 million federal employees and contractors in 42 agencies.  The contract launches a new era in homeland security, with the development of state-of-the-art technology and will be managed by the Office of Integrated Technology Services in GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS).

The contract is the result of the presidential directive that requires establishment of new standards for secure and reliable identification for all federal employees and contractors that are:

  • Based on sound criteria for verifying an employee's identity;
  • Strongly resistant to identity fraud, tampering, counterfeiting and terrorist exploration;
  • Rapidly authenticated electronically.

The contract represents the culmination of an Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) policy directive, under the Presidential directive, for a “Common Identification Standard for Federal Employees and Contractors.”  GSA was the designated agency to lead this initiative.