OMB wants updated agency HSPD-12 implementation plans

The Office of Management and Budget will be gauging agencies' preparedness to begin issuing Personal Identity Verification cards over the next several weeks as the Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 deadline draws closer, an OMB official said.

Senior policy analyst Carol Bales said OMB will issue a guidance Tuesday requiring agencies to submit updated HSPD-12 compliance plans to the White House for review.

The plans, updated from last year, will be due Sept. 8, Bales said at an Interagency Advisory Board meeting in Washington.

At press time, the guidance was not available.

HSPD-12 directs agencies to have the ability to begin producing in at least one location new PIV cards for contractors and new employees by Oct. 27. OMB, through its HSPD-12 Executive Steering Committee, and the General Services Administration are encouraging agencies to participate in their shared-services offering, which officials say will provide turnkey solutions at a lower price than going it alone.

Bales said OMB will meet with the agencies after the compliance plans are submitted; from there, agencies can determine how best to meet the mandate.

'There is no flexibility on when agencies can start issuing the cards,' she said. 'But there is flexibility' on how agencies proceed in establishing a physical and logical access system throughout their offices.

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