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Attention SPOT Users

April 13th, 2012

The ORC Difference

ORC was the first company to graduate from the DoDs Interim External Certification Authority (IECA) program to the final ECA program. We are the only authorized vendor to issue every type of certificate sanctioned under the DoD ECA policy. Our Lead Registration Authority “double hats” as our Facility Security Officer (FSO) and has been a client-side certificate expert with ORC for over five years.

ORC’s lineage traces back to the early days of the DoD PKI (CAC) certificate program when the ORC Team hosted and operated the DoD PKI Development and Test Labs. This gives ORC very detailed knowledge in both DoD PKI and DoD ECA PKI in terms of both the history, legacy conditions, and similarities and differences of the two DoD certificate programs.

PKI certificates are now necessary to log in to SPOT-ES.
AKO or Username/Password account users will need to add a PKI certificate to their accounts.
Note: Users without a CAC card will need an AKO account as well as a DoD approved ECA Certificate for SPOT access.
Note for foreign nationals and US citizens abroad: Certificates cannot be issued to Non-US nationals in Afghanistan. This includes individuals from Canada, New Zealand, UK, and Australia (regardless of any waiver they may have). U.S. citizens may obtain ECA Certificates in Afghanistan if identify vetting occurs according to the steps on section 11.1 of the CP. Notarial Services can be provided by the U.S. Embassy, Consular Offices, and JAG Officers.
To access SPOT, choose from one or three year Medium Assurance Identity/Encryption Certificates, also referred to as ‘browser based’ or ‘soft’ certificates:
One Year $99
Three Year $224
How do I get an ECA Medium Assurance Identity and Encryption Certificate?
  1. Go to http://eca.orc.com/sw-identity-certificate/ and make an online application. Print your forms.
  2. Attach your Proof of Identity and Citizenship:
    • Two Government-Issued Photo IDs
    • Proof of Organizational Affiliation
    • Approved Citizenship Document (Valid or Expired Passport, Birth Certificate, Naturalization Certificate)
    • Payment information
  3. Complete the Face to Face Identity Proofing:
    • Go to a Notary within your organization or at your local bank;
    • Or
    • Visit an ORC Registration Authority at our Fairfax, VA or Chesapeake, VA offices. ORC affiliates in Boxborough, MA, Honolulu, HI, and Atlanta, GA may also be used for identity proofing.
ORC’s Help Desk can provide remote desktop assistance for any issue you may encounter. Please contact ecahelp@orc.com for rapid support.
ORC’s typical certificate issuance time is between 1 to 2 days after all paperwork is received. You will receive a email notification when your certificates have been issued.
If you have any general questions, please contact Vanessa Vincent at 703-246-8531 or vincentv@orc.com.

ORC Provides Certificates to JPAS Users

July 6th, 2011

Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS) logon procedures are being updated to provide additional security and privacy of clearance data and personally identifiable information (PII). These changes are pursuant to Department of Defense (DoD) regulations mandating improved security by restricting access to only users with cryptographic logon. Users will need three items to access JPAS by January 2012.  These three items are:

  1. An active JPAS account;
  2. An approved active PKI Certificate; and,
  3. Hardware and Software needed to read the PKI certificate

ORC is pleased to provide ECA credentials for the JPAS infrastructure. – Please contact Cecelia Shaw at 703-246-8527 for pricing information.  If you’re in the Washington, DC area we offer in-person issuance.

For more information, please see  https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/psawebdocs/docPage.jsp?p=JPAS

ORC to Provide Digital Certificates to Members of the MERS® eRegistry

November 1st, 2010

WASHINGTONSept. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — WidePoint Corporation (NYSE Amex: WYY), a specialist in wireless mobility management and cybersecurity solutions, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Operational Research Consultants, Inc. (ORC), was chosen by MERSCORP, Inc. (“MERS”) to provide digital certificates for identification and digital signature to MERS® eRegistry members.  The MERS® eRegistry is the legal system of record that identifies the owner (Controller) and custodian (Location) for registered eNotes, providing greater liquidity, transferability and security for lenders.  WidePoint, through ORC, will provide MERS® eRegistry members with the ability to digitally sign and encrypt information so users of the MERS® eRegistry can be certain as to the identity and the credentials of the organizations with which they are transacting business and confident in the integrity of the data they transmitted.

WidePoint’s CEO, Steve L. Komar, said, “This agreement proves WidePoint’s ability to extend its proprietary solutions to emerging markets outside the government sector. Our government proven, federally-compliant cybersecurity solutions were the ideal answer for key members of the mortgage banking and financial services industries looking to streamline the mortgage process and add state-of-the-art security features to the electronic transmission of records, contracts and documents. Our digital certificate solution will provide the necessary trust to optimize the advantages of electronic processing, reduce fraud and assure accountability of these important transactions that are so vital to the economic stability of our nation.”

Dan McLaughlin, MERS® Executive Vice President & Product Division Manager, said, “We’re very pleased to have ORC provide our members this layer of security that is so vital in establishing the necessary level of trust when dealing with such crucial information as ownership of electronic promissory notes.”  Kelly Purcell, Executive Vice President of eSignSystems, a division of Wave Systems Corp., a technology solutions partner/provider to MERS, also stated, “We are delighted that WidePoint is supporting MERS® and its members in the Pursuit of eMortgage adoption. We’re confident that MERS® will receive the same exemplary service we’ve experienced in ORC’s support of our eSignature/eVaulting solutions and Wave’s TPM-based offerings.”

ORC’s security technology, in full compliance with all government and regulatory requirements, will ensure that only trusted entities are permitted to conduct business in MERS®. The contract award represents a key milestone in the expansion of the company’s proven solution set for identity proofing, and certificate and credential issuing, employing the underlying public key cryptographic technology to the commercial market.

About MERS®

MERS® was created by the real estate finance industry to streamline the mortgage process by using electronic commerce to eliminate paper. The company operates a database that tracks loans as they move through the mortgage banking system. With over 3,000 members, MERS® is the real estate finance industry’s utility. For more information, visit http://www.mersinc.org/.

About WidePoint

WidePoint is a specialist in providing wireless mobility management and cybersecurity solutions utilizing its advanced information technology products and services. WidePoint has several wholly owned subsidiaries holding major government and commercial contracts including, Operational Research Consultants, Inc., iSYS, LLC, Protexx, Advanced Response Concepts Corporation and WidePoint IL. WidePoint enables organizations to deploy fully compliant IT services in accordance with government-mandated regulations and advanced system requirements. For more information, visit http://www.widepoint.com.

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Jim McCubbin, EVP & CFO Brett Maas or Dave Fore
WidePoint Corporation Hayden IR
7926 Jones Branch Drive, Suite 520 (646) 536-7331
McLean, VA 22102 brett@haydenir.com
(703) 349-2577
jmccubbin@widepoint.com Richard Webb

Executive Director

Operational Research Consultants, Inc.
(703) 246-8550

webbr@orc.com