NIST publishes draft report on PIV card, reader specs

The National Institute of Standards has released a draft report detailing requirements and specifications for smart cards and readers that agencies can use when purchasing products to meet upcoming Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 deadlines.

The report offers interoperability standards and performance-based requirements for Personal Identity Verification systems consistent with mandates under Federal Information Processing Standard 201-1.

PIV cards contain integrated circuit chips, as well as biometric and cryptographic data, and will be interoperable between agencies. Under HSPD-12, agencies must start issuing cards to 4.5 million federal workers and contractors by Oct. 27.

NIST said the draft report is intended to 'define and validate a suite of performance, interoperability and security requirements' for PIV cards and readers, and is intended to 'augment existing standards to enable agencies to achieve the interoperability goal' of HSPD-12.

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