666 UPDATE: Feds Set Deadline For Biometric ID Program

Sunday, February 6, 2011
By Paul Martin

Feds Set Deadline For Identity Smart Card Program

By Elizabeth Montalbano
InformationWeek

Federal agencies have until March 31 to come up with an implementation plan for a new government-wide identification system that leverages biometric technology and smart cards.

The federal government has stepped up plans to use the Federal Personal Identity Verification (PIV) system to verify employee and contractor credentials to access federal facilities and IT networks and systems, according to a memo from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued Thursday.

The move to the system is mandated by Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD 12), a federal cybersecurity initiative the government said is aimed at increasing security and efficiency, reducing identity fraud, cutting costs and protecting personal privacy. Cybersecurity is a chief concern of the federal government, and the system is one of many it’s taking to provide more security both internally and externally.

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