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HSPD-12 Team Wins Outstanding Smart Card Award

GSA # 10506

June 2, 2008
Contact:  Diane Merriett (202) 501-1231
diane.merriett@gsa.gov

WASHINGTON – GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) HSPD-12 Managed Service Office was recently recognized by the Smart Card Alliance for its leading role in personalizing and issuing Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards for 67 federal agencies. 

FAS Commissioner Jim Williams said winning the non-profit alliance’s 2008 Outstanding Issuer Award is “a testament to the hard work and dedication of our entire HSPD-12 Managed Service Office Team. I am pleased that our acquisition solutions have made a distinct contribution to the government’s identification management solution. This recognition is a true reflection of the innovation, service, and value that FAS offers.”

The PIV card, part of the USAccess program, is a common, government-wide smart card credential for both physical access control and information security.  PIV cards will be issued to all federal employees and contractors.

Through the USAccess program, GSA offers participating agencies a managed, shared service solution that simplifies the process of procuring and maintaining PIV compliant credentials. Launched in 2007, USAccess has enrolled 67 federal agencies and now has the potential to issue 1 million PIV cards to government employees. The program is one of the federal government’s first examples of a cross-government service—a shared service that leverages broad participation to save money for taxpayers.


The Smart Card Alliance, a not-for-profit, multi-industry association that advocates the use of smart card technology in ways that protect privacy and enhance data security and integrity, presented the Outstanding Issuer Award to GSA during its annual convention in Orlando, Florida.

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• Founded in 1949, GSA manages more than one-fourth of the government’s total procurement dollars and influences the management of $500 billion in federal assets, including 8,600 government-owned or leased buildings and 208,000 vehicles.  
• GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 425 historic properties, and as manager of USA.gov, the official portal to federal government information and services.
• GSA’s mission to provide superior workplaces, expert technology solutions, acquisition services, purchasing and E-Gov travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions.

Did You Know? FAS influences over $50 billion in federal spending, providing best value solutions across a variety of acquisition services and systems.


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