GSA smartens up

The General Services Administration will issue more than 18,000 smart cards to its employees and contractors in an effort to improve security at its facilities nationwide. The initiative, announced last week, is part of a five-year, $1.3 million contract.

"The security of public visitors, federal workers and federal property is a top priority for the entire federal government," GSA Administrator Stephen Perry said in a statement. "Improved security through increased control of access to federal buildings is just the beginning of what these smart cards can do."

The new GSA smart cards are interoperable with cards issued by other federal agencies, according to GSA officials.

Bearing Point Inc. will provide the cards and Oberthur Card Systems will serve as the centralized processing center that manages day-to-day use of the cards. GSA officials awarded the contract last fall and it ends August 2008.

In a later phase of the program, GSA officials will offer smart cards to tenants in GSA-owned buildings, officials said.

Featured

  • Defense
    The Pentagon (Photo by Ivan Cholakov / Shutterstock)

    DOD CIO hits pause on JEDI cloud acquisition

    Dana Deasy set cloud as his office's top priority. But when it comes to the JEDI request for proposal, he's directed staff to "pause" to compile a comprehensive review.

  • Cybersecurity
    By Gorodenkoff shutterstock ID 761940757

    Waging cyber war without a rulebook

    As the U.S. looks to go on the offense in the cyber domain, critical questions remain unanswered around who will take the lead and how clearly to draw the rules of engagement.

  • Government Innovation Awards
    Government Innovation Awards - https://governmentinnovationawards.com

    Deadline extended for Rising Star nominations

    You now have until July 18 to help us identify the early-career innovators and change agents in government IT.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.