HID wants to help with new gov’t deadline
IRVINE, Calif.—HID is spreading the word to government agencies and the integrators that serve them that it wants to help them comply with a new deadline for FIPS 201.
The deadline, issued in February by the Office of Management and Budget, said that federal agencies that are not fully compliant with FIPS 201 by Oct. 31, 2011 would have other technology and refresh funds withheld.
“HID can help them get where they need to be,” Kathleen Carroll, director of government relations for HID, which is based here, told Security Systems News. HID can help non-legacy as well as legacy customers, she said. “About 70 percent of federal buildings in Washington have HID access control technology. When you talk about migration, we can help make the transition easier.”
HID came out with a Federal Identity Compliance Initiative at ISC West this year, essentially a package of products and a migration plan for end users and integrators to use to comply with FIPS 201.
A review of terms here: FIPS 201 is a document entitled “Personal Identity Verification (PIV) of Federal Employees and Contractors.” That document describes the characteristics and authentication of PIV smart card credentials. HSPD-12 is the 2004 presidential directive that initiated the mandate that said all federal employees and contractors should have a common, secure credential for access to federal buildings.
So what exactly are the agencies not doing? Somewhere around 90 percent of federal workers have the common secure credentials they need (PIV cards) or they’ve completed background checks to issue the credentials. The problem is that most cards are not being read electronically.
There are notable exceptions, such as DOD, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, NASA, and others, Carroll said, but that’s not the norm.
“The main requirement of HSPD-12 is not to get an ID card, the main requirement is to read the credential electronically from a physical and logical perspective,” she said.
Of course, whether the non-compliant federal agencies have the funds to meet the mandate is another issue, but Carroll said there are indications that the deadline is already driving further compliance.
It’s been a long, slow road since HSPD-12 was issued nearly seven years ago, but Carroll said the use of PIV and PIV-like cards and readers is spreading. Integrators who serve federal government, state governments and private industry should be paying attention, she said.
“We’re already starting to see it move into the private sector,” Carroll said, “because government contractors are part of private industry.” Likewise, state governments are moving ahead with State Identity Credential Access Management plan (SICAM), which is based on HSPD-12 and FIPS 201, and “another area is first responders who use a FRAC credential, which is PIV-compatible.”
One key thing that came out of HSPD-12 and FIPS 201 and FIPS 201.2 is that it has created a standard, Carroll said. “In the past, access control has always been proprietary,” she said. “From a government perspective and private industry perspective this is a good thing.”