EDS, a global technology services company, has been awarded a $66 million contract to help federal agencies comply with HSPD-12. EDS will support GSA in issuing identity credentials to approximately 420,000 employees at 42 federal civilian agencies. It will also provide a shared service solution for end-to-end managed services for core HSPD-12 system components.
EDS team includes Northrop Grumman, ActivIdentity, Data Systems Analysts, Identification Technology Group, L-1 Identity Solutions, Oberthur Card Systems, Tibco Software.
HERNDON, Va.– EDS announced it has been selected by the U.S. General Services Administration to provide identity management services to federal government civilian agencies. These services will allow agencies to comply with Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), which calls for a mandatory government- wide standard for a secure common form of identification for all federal government employees and contractors.
The single award GSA Federal Supply Schedule task order is worth $66 million and will run through September 2011 if all options are exercised.
HSPD-12 requires federal agencies to use a standard process to establish and manage an individual’s identity and then issue that individual an interoperable smart card that can be used for both physical and logical access to federal government facilities and information systems. This policy is intended to enhance security, increase efficiency, reduce identity fraud and protect personal privacy.
Under this contract, the EDS team will support GSA in issuing identity credentials to approximately 420,000 employees at 42 federal civilian agencies. EDS will provide a shared service solution for end-to-end managed services for the following core HSPD-12 system components:
–Enrollment – capturing a federal employee’s identity, fingerprint and digital facial images and storing them in the EDS identity management system.
–System infrastructure – the identity management and card management systems.
–Card production and issuance – processing credential requests, producing Personal Identity Verification cards and issuing them to applicants.
–Card activation – verifying applicants’ identities using biometric scans and then “personalizing” cards with the applicants’ PIN numbers and other information.
“We are proud to partner with GSA on this industry-leading program to issue a standard, interoperable credential to simplify security and assure the identity of federal employees,” said Jim Duffey, general manager, EDS U.S. Public Sector. “We commend GSA on conducting a comprehensive evaluation, including an operational capability demonstration that gave EDS an opportunity to display our HSPD-12 services capabilities.”
In addition to noting EDS’ ability to demonstrate an operational capability, GSA also cited EDS’ technical understanding and capability to meet the requirements, its project management approach and its past performance as factors that led to the award decision.
The award reinforces EDS’ standing as the leading provider of advanced smart card identity management services to the federal government and recognizes the strength of the EDS Assured Identity(TM) solution, specifically designed to meet the HSPD-12 requirements.
EDS’ winning team includes services and technology companies such as Northrop Grumman Corp., ActivIdentity Corp., Data Systems Analysts Inc., Identification Technology Group, L-1 Identity Solutions, Oberthur Card Systems, and Tibco Software Inc.
EDS has more than 10 years of experience in federal biometric and card- based access control systems. EDS has delivered more than 13 million common access smart cards to the U.S. Department of Defense under an aggressive six- year-old global security program managed by the Defense Manpower Data Center. EDS leveraged its experiences in providing these services to the DOD to establish a capability for GSA that will support meeting the timelines of the HSPD-12 directive, and ensure a successful program for GSA and its clients.
EDS is a leading global technology services company delivering business solutions to its clients. EDS founded the information technology outsourcing industry 45 years ago. Today, EDS delivers a broad portfolio of information technology and business process outsourcing services to clients in the manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, communications, energy, transportation, and consumer and retail industries and to governments around the world. Learn more at www.eds.com.
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