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Smart card pilot for US health service.

BearingPoint : 01 August, 2007  (Application Story)
In preparation for homeland security directives, the American department of health and human services has enlisted the help of BearingPoint to perform evaluation trials of smart card identification technology.
BearingPoint has been selected to perform an Identity and Access Management Pilot and Full Capability implementation for the US Department of Health and Human Services. The objective of the pilot is to validate a process for supplying secure identification or "smart cards" to 112,000 HHS employees and contractors.
With employees and contractors spread out at agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Centres for Medicare & Medicaid Services, developing an effective and efficient approach to meet HSPD-12 mandates was clearly a necessity and top priority for HHS. In January of 2007, BearingPoint was one of three providers issued a blanket purchase agreement by HHS' Identity and Access Management team to test various HSPD-12 technologies. This pilot project award is the result of that technology competition to determine the best vendor to meet the Department's unique needs.

"The government-wide transition to new identity standards is a complex project for agencies," said Rick Swanson, vice president for BearingPoint's HHS account. "BearingPoint has a history of leadership in deploying successful, leading-edge identity management programs on schedule and on budget. That level of proven performance, as well as our unique skills and experience in these projects, help keep us a leading choice as agencies continue to look for partners to assist in their HSPD-12 implementation programs."

Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 (HSPD-12) is a presidential mandate outlining common identification card and identity systems standards for all federal employees and contractors. BearingPoint has been at the forefront of rolling out such services, helping issue new secure identity cards that combine physical and logical access control to personnel from over 40 federal agencies on behalf of the General Services Administration in October of 2006.

BearingPoint has nearly a decade of experience in security and identity management solution programs, helping to develop, implement, operate the Defense Department's Common Access Card program, and also implementing smart card programs for TSA and GSA (to include making over 40 agencies HSPD-12 compliant).

BearingPoint currently serves all major operating divisions within HHS. During nearly 15 years of service to HHS, BearingPoint has provided support for some of the Department and the nation's most strategic healthcare projects, including the Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response, the National Center for Public Health Informatics, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, and the department-wide Unified Financial Management System (UFMS).
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