Labor planning solicitation for PIV cards

The Labor Department will be issuing a solicitation in the next two weeks for a solution that will provide Personal Identity Verification identification cards to agency employees and contractors.

In a recent notice, Labor said the provider could be either an industry or public organization, and bids will likely be due June 29.

Agencies are required to begin issuing interoperable PIV cards, or smart cards, by Oct. 26 under Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12.

The Office of Management and Budget's HSPD-12 Executive Steering Committee is overseeing compliance with the directive and is currently devising a plan for agencies to share the cost of registering employees and printing the cards.

The General Services Administration and the National Institute of Standards and Technology are testing HSPD-12 related products and at this point, no products have been approved for agency purchase.

In its pre-solicitation notice, Labor said that the winning system must meet the requirements under Federal Information Processing Standard 201-1 and be able to integrate compliant products that enable PIV processes for applicant enrollment and registration.

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