GSA to test HSPD-12 credentials

Agencies must submit the digital certificates embedded on their Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 cards to the General Services Administration by Jan. 19 for testing.

GSA will test the credentials to ensure they meet Federal Information Processing Standard 201, according to a memo from the Office of Management and Budget.

Karen Evans, OMB's administrator for e-government and IT, told CIOs in the guidance that GSA will report any problems with the certificates within three weeks. Agencies then have three more weeks to fix the problems and resubmit the credentials to GSA for retesting.

'Agencies should not consider issuing new credentials until all problems identified in testing are resolved,' Evans said in the memo.

GSA will pay for the initial testing, but agencies will have to reimburse GSA if its support is needed to fix the credentials' technical issues.

OMB also said that, beginning March 1, it will require agencies to post on its Web site each quarter the number of HSPD-12 credentials it has issued. Each report must include the number of employees, contractors and others who have smart cards.

Finally, OMB also asked the President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency, which is made up of inspectors general, to review agency processes to ensure they are consistent with HSPD-12 and FIPS 201.

'We want to ensure business processes are being followed in order to foster the trusted environment needed for the credentials to be accepted by departments and agencies when deemed appropriate,' Evans said.

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