HSPD-12 Consulting Services

Federal identity standards add to complexity

In 2004, U.S. Homeland Security, under the direction of President George W. Bush established Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12: Policy for a Common Identification Standard for Federal Employees and Contractors. HSPD-12 established identity standards for all U.S. federal government agencies.

PKI Solutions is well-versed in the requirements for HSPD-12 compliance. Whether you have a PKI or you need to deploy a new one to meet this directive, we can help because successful implementation and management is not simple. There are HSPD-12 issuance and compliance providers. But there are also many other factors related to design and implementation in your environment to consider. Take, for example, temporary civilian identity verification (CIV), personal identity verification (PIV) and local authentication cards (LAC). Many HSPD-12 commercial providers may be unable reissue or replace a lost card fast enough to meet your needs.

PKI Solutions can also help you plan and execute revocation components required under HSPD-12 such as Tumbleweed (now Axway) or Corestreet (now HID ActivID) OCSP clients. The deployment of these clients can be complex and validating their use takes specialized tools and diagnostic capabilities.

HSPD-12 abstract

There are wide variations in the quality and security of identification used to gain access to secure facilities where there is potential for terrorist attacks. To eliminate these variations, U.S. policy is 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). This directive mandates a federal standard for secure and reliable forms of identification.