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Using Your LincPass


This Web site is your resource for details on USDA’s phased transition to the LincPass – the new employee and contractor identification card. This effort is part of the entire Federal Government’s move toward compliance with the President’s Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (the Common Identification Standard for Federal Employees and Contractors), commonly known as HSPD-12.

About HSPD-12

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”, “Employee Information" and "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.

To find out more about HSPD-12, please read the HSPD-12 Overview

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