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What is HSPD-12?
Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12), issued in August, 2004, seeks to secure
federal facilities and resources through “a mandatory, Government-wide standard for secure and reliable forms of identification.”

The implementation of HSPD-12 (also known as PIV – Personal Identification Verification) involves far more than providing a new employee ID. It focuses on processes to issue identification credentials, methods to validate those processes and management of risk and quality throughout the entire life of the credential.

In response to the HSPD-12/PIV mandate, ORC implemented a suite of solutions – ORC PIVotal ID.  HSPD-12/FIPS 201 mandates the use of an identification credential with a printable surface and embedded electronics components, which it calls a “PIV”. When used with appropriate authentication systems, ORC PIVotal ID allows credential bearers to be identified in several standard ways-including by photographic images printed on the cards as well as by biometric data (fingerprints), Personal Information Numbers (PINs), and other electronic credentials (digital certificates) stored on the card chip.  ORC’s PIVotal ID solutions can be used for both physical access (such as entry to buildings) and logical access (such as access to computer systems and networks).