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Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) was issued on August 12, 2004 by
President George W. Bush. HSPD-12 calls for a mandatory, government-wide standard for
secure and reliable forms of ID issued by the federal government to its employees and
employees of federal contractors for access to federally-controlled facilities and networks.
Based upon this directive, the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) developed
Federal Information Processing Standards Publication (FIPS Pub) 201 including a description
of the minimum requirements for a Federal personal identification verification (PIV) system.
USDA’s new HSPD-12 compliant ID is called the LincPass, as it is designed to link a person’s
identity to an ID credential and the credential to a person’s ability to physically and
logically access federally controlled buildings and information systems, respectively.
The HSPD-12 directive itself can be found in the “Links and References” page, accessible via the right navigation menu.
The LincPass will be used not only for identification purposes, but eventually also for access to both federal computer systems (LACS) and federal facilities (PACS). Therefore it is very important that LincPass cardholders safeguard their LincPass at all times.
To implement the new LincPass and credentialing process, USDA is participating in the General Services Administration (GSA) Managed Service Offices (MSO) Shared Services solution called USAccess. The service provides Federal credentials as required by HSPD-12 as well as common enrollment services, resulting in efficiencies and cost savings. Issuing a LincPass is a multi-step process involving several HSPD-12 role holders in addition to the LincPass Applicant. The “HSPD-12 Roles” and “Employee Information/Non-Employee Information” links on the left menu bar provide more detail about who is involved and what steps are taken to issue a LincPass.
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