GSA awards contract for updating smart-card handbook

GSA awards contract for updating smart-card handbook

The General Services Administration is for the first time in three years updating its Smart Card Policy and Guidance Handbook for agencies.

The agency hired BearingPoint Inc. of McLean, Va., for a six-month, $169,000 contract earlier this summer. BearingPoint's team includes the Smart Card Alliance, a not-for-profit industry association.

The team will interview federal officials to develop the guidebook, which will serve as a point of reference for agencies implementing smart-card projects. BearingPoint and the Smart Card Alliance also will talk to industry organizations and academic institutions to identify common challenges and best practices.

The new handbook should be available in early 2004.

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