On August 27, 2004, President Bush signed Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), Policy for a Common Identification Standard for Federal Employees and Contractors, which directs the implementation of a new standardized identity badge designed to enhance security, reduce identity fraud, and protect personal privacy.

Federal PKI

The Federal Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) uses a security technique called Public Key Cryptography to authenticate users and data, protect the integrity of transmitted data, and ensure non-repudiation and confidentiality. Components of Federal PKI include the Federal Bridge Certification Authority and the Federal PKI Common Policy framework.

Identity, Credential and Access Management

The goal is a consolidated approach for all government-wide identity, credential and access management activities to ensure alignment, clarity, and interoperability.


The Office of Management and Budget designated GSA as the Federal Executive Agent for government-wide acquisitions of products and services required to implement HSPD-12.

Critical Links For Identity Management

  • Latest Developments

    New and updated guidance within the Identity Management arena.

    Learn More about Identity Management ›

  • Government Smart Card Interagency Advisory Board (IAB)

    The IAB welcomes Federal partners, members of the vendor community, and any non-Federal government agencies that share the goal of federated and interoperable credentials.

    Go To IAB page ›

  • FIPS 201 Evaluation Program

    Determines if a product/service defined by FIPS 201 documentation complies with mandated requirements and for use by agencies in the acquisition of FIPS 201 products/services.

    Go To FIPS 201 Evaluation Program site ›

  • Current Status: HSPD-12

    HSPD-12 Credentials Issued as of September 1, 2011:
    Credentials issued to Employees: 4,270,560 (91%)
    Credentials issued to Contractors: 846,365 (81%)
    Total credentials issued: 5,116,925 (89%)

    View HSPD-12 Summary ›

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