Board makes smart-card specifications official

Board makes smart-card specifications official

The General Services Administration's Industry Advisory Board unanimously accepted smart-card interoperability specifications today.

The group, made up of 14 members from federal agencies, voted to accept the Government Smart Card Interoperability Specification 2.0 released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology late last month.

'In my opinion, it was a blessed end to a whole year of a lot of hard work, not only by GSA but by the other partner agencies and industry,' said Michael Brooks, director of the Center for Smart Card Solutions at GSA.

Under the specification, Defense Department contractors and vendors of governmentwide Smart Access Common ID cards for DOD and other government agencies must update their technology or rebuild according to the specification.

Brooks said accepting the specifications is an important step in making all smart cards interoperable, but more work remains in implementing the cards throughout government.

'This is going to take a while,' he said. 'This is not going to happen overnight.'

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