DOD's Butler moves to GSA to help with HSPD-12

Michael Butler, the Defense Department's chief of the smart-card program, is moving to the General Services Administration on detail for six months to help agencies with the implementation of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12.

Sources confirmed that Butler, who played a key role in getting DOD's Common Access Card program off the ground, started Monday and will stay at GSA through the end of December.

Butler, chairman of the Government Smart Card Interagency Advisory Board, will work closely with David Temoshok, GSA's director of identity policy and management in the Office of Governmentwide Policy. Temoshok will continue to handle the policy aspect of HSPD-12, while Butler will work on the implementation of the governmentwide mandate.

Sources said Butler's experience with DOD, which has issued more than 5 million interoperable smart cards to its employees, was an important factor in his move to GSA.

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