EPA signs deals in hopes of making HSPD-12 deadline

The Environmental Protection Agency is continuing its standalone effort to meet the upcoming Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 deadline by signing two contracts that should help the agency begin issuing new identification cards later this month.

One contract, with Operational Research Consultants Inc. of Fairfax, Va., will provide shared-services provider authentication certificates, and the other, with RSA Security of Bedford, Mass., offers Personal Identity Verification card issuance and lifecycle management for all EPA employees.

The two contracts will enable the agency to issue and manage PIV cards by the upcoming Oct. 27 deadline, as mandated by the Office of Management and Budget.

EPA is one of a number of agencies, including the Labor and Veterans Affairs departments, planning on meeting the deadline on their own.

Several other agencies are signing up with shared-services offeringsprovided separately by the General Services Administration and the Interior Department.

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