GSA's Smart Card Handbook Wins Industry Award
October 21, 2005
Contact: Viki Reath
Washington, DC – The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has won the eGovernment Leadership and Innovation Award from the Smart Card Alliance, in recognition of GSA’s Federal Identity Management Handbook and other leadership activities, GSA announced today.
Approximately four million federal employees and contractors have smart card IDs. Smart cards look like a credit cards, but contain embedded microprocessors that allow them to be used to rapidly verify identity a person’s identity electronically, enhancing the security of networks and buildings.
“The handbook provides a road map for agencies that must meet OMB Personal Identity Verification requirements by Oct. 27, 2005 and issue compliant Smart Cards to Employees and Contractors by Oct. 2006.” said Mary Mitchell, the Deputy Associate Administrator for Office of Technology Strategy in GSA’s Office of Governmentwide Policy. “Additional implementation support is available through GSA’s Government Smart Card Contract, administered by GSA’s Center for Smart Card Solutions.”
Mitchell and John Moore of OGP’s Office of Technology Strategy accepted the award in Miami on Oct. 12. David Temoshok, also of OGP, was named in the award, which also recognizes GSA’s support for the Federal Identity Management Handbook, the Government Smart Card Interoperability Standard, building active communities of interest with the Federal Smart Card Project Managers Group and Industry Advisory Board, along with conference and educational workshops.
The Smart Card Alliance consists of more than 120 smart card industry members worldwide. The Federal Identity Management Handbook and the Implementation Checklist are available at http://cio.gov/ficc/.
GSA is a centralized, federal procurement, property management, policy development and information provision agency, created by Congress to improve government efficiency and help federal agencies better serve the public. In this role, GSA acquires products and services on behalf of federal agencies; plays a key role in developing and implementing government-wide policies; provides services and solutions for the office operations of more than one million federal workers; and encourages a citizen-centric relationship with government by providing a single "point of entry" to the information and services citizens need in a timeframe they can appreciate. This allows citizens to receive accurate, timely and consistent answers and information, and helps federal agencies better respond to citizen inquiries.