PIV cards? Everybody's got one.

Jan 25, 2013

Number of PIV Cards issued in the fourth quarter of 2012

Number of PIV Cards issued in the fourth quarter of 2012

In 2004, President George W. Bush’s Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 mandated the creation of an interoperable ID card using electronic credentials for both physical and logical access. Standards and specifications for the Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards were quickly developed and they now are in the hands of virtually all executive branch employees, contractors and visitors.

According to the Homeland Security Department, there was a waiting list of 52,907 employees at the end of 2010, with 110,539 cards issued in the fourth quarter of that year.

The waiting list dropped to 3,744 in March 2011 and disappeared by June of that year. The arrival of new employees, the need to replace lost or damaged cards, and the regular reissuing of expired credentials, however, have kept the PIV issuance facilities busy, and they routinely issue more than 200,000 cards a quarter. The chart above shows the number of cards issued in the fourth quarter of 2012.

-- William Jackson

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