People value working in a safe environment where their individual identity is protected. To convey that level of confidence, the U.S. government issued the Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 (HSPD-12) to set policy for a common, reliable, and secure identification standard for federal employees and contractors. HSPD-12 requires that all agencies issue interoperable credentials to all federal employees and contractors.
On August 27, 2004, the President signed Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), entitled “Policy for a Common Identification Standard for Federal Employees and Contractors.” HSPD-12 is a strategic initiative intended to enhance security, increase Government efficiency, reduce identity fraud, and protect personal privacy. It requires the development and implementation of a government-wide standard for secure and reliable forms of identification for Federal employees and contractors.
OMB Memo M-11-11: Continued Implementation of HSPD-12 Policy for a Common Identification Standard for Federal Employees and Contractors (February 3, 2011)
Memo for CIOs: Guidance for Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 12 Implementation (May 23, 2008)
Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12: Policy for a Common Identification Standard for Federal Employees and Contractors (August 27, 2004)