EPA, GPO move on HSPD-12 deadline

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Government Printing Office are moving closer on meeting the October mandate to begin issuing Personal Identity Verification cards.

Under Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12, agencies must begin issuing PIV cards to contractors and new employees by Oct. 27.

EPA in a recent notice said it is seeking a high-scale printer that can print, encode, and laminate the PIV cards.

The printer must be able to operate within a card management system network, EPA said.

The notice comes after the agency earlier this month issued another solicitation for 30,000 identification cards.Meanwhile, the Government Printing Office finalized a solicitation for an electronic identification office that will help agencies meet the upcoming deadline.

Under the solicitation, GPO will hire a contractor to own and operate an ID card production center 'to support the manufacturing, personalization, issuance and lifecycle management of electronically enabled smart cards,' the notice said.

GPO will draw on its experience from developing electronic passports with the State Department in overseeing the center, the notice said.

The agency issued a draft RFP and sought commentson this plan earlier this year.

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