Oct. 20 Briefing: Policy Meets Reality for US Federal Govt Facilities


“Therefore, it is the policy of the United States to enhance security, increase Government efficiency, reduce identity fraud, and protect personal privacy by establishing a mandatory, Government-wide standard for secure and reliable forms of identification issued by the Federal Government to its employees and contractors (including contractor employees).”  -- August 2004, Homeland Security Presidential Directive – 12 (HSPD-12)

Although much progress has been made in meeting the requirements of HSPD-12, forward momentum on full implementation is going to take the cooperation of private industry and government agencies.  That’s because there are outstanding organizational, cultural and system/product concerns that have not been fully addressed.

On October 20, 2011, members of the physical security, information technology (IT) and consultant/integrator communities along with government representatives will come together as a group to discuss these challenges and how to meet the requirements of HSPD-12 a reality.

Federal agencies have taken steps toward achieving full HSPD-12 implementation by creating standards and processes for issuing credentials. Today, more than 4.5 million PIV credentials have been issued to government employees.  Many agencies, however, currently use the PIV credentials only as a “flash pass” visual identification badge. 

As a result, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memorandum in February of this year requiring agencies to develop an implementation policy that “will require the use of the PIV credentials as the common means of authentication for access to that agency’s facilities, networks and information systems.”

But achieving a key element of HSPD-12, that is rapid electronic authentication for both physical and logical access control, is fraught with difficulty.  So the Security Industry Association (representing the physical security community), TechAmerica (representing the IT community) and the US Chamber of Commerce will host a breakfast briefing focused on a discussion of how private industry can work together to help federal agencies achieve full implementation of HSPD-12. 

You are invited to join HID Global president and CEO Denis Hébert,  Deborah Gallagher, Identity Management Program Manager with the U.S. General Services Administration, and several other distinguished panelists from government and industry for an in-depth discussion of the challenges and the way forward.

Here are the details for the briefing:

When:   October 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET
Where:  U.S. Chamber of Commerce
              1615 H St. NW in Washington, DC

Please contact me at [email protected]  or e-mail Tom O'Connor at SIA to RSVP or for more information. 

Best regards,
Kathleen Carroll
Director, Government Relations