ID card rules will also apply to contractors

Under a soon-to-be issued rule in the Federal Acquisition Regulations, agencies will have to vet contractors through the same processes they put employees before issuing identification cards.

Judy Spencer, chairwoman of the Federal Identity Credentialing Committee (FICC), said the interim rule with request for comments should be issued in the Federal Register soon.

'This is a security hole that needs to be plugged,' Spencer said recently at a forum on HSPD-12 in Washington, sponsored by the CIO Council's IT Workforce Committee. 'We should perform the same due diligence for contractor personnel that we do for our own employees.'

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