U.S. government accepting bids for personal ID verification system

April 28, 2016 - 

The General Services Administration has begun the bidding process on a possible 10-year hybrid contract for managed services to a government-wide personal identity verification system, according to a report by Gov Con Wire.

The FedBizOpps solicitation notice states that GSA’s federal acquisition service is seeking a vendor to provide identity and credential management services for the USAccess Program, which is under Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12.

The contract covers “managed services for identity and credential management services including: 1) applicant sponsorship, enrollment , biometric submission (for background investigation purposes); 2) credential issuance, maintenance (certificate rekey) and management and 3) Biographic & Agency Specific Sponsorship Record maintenance. The contractor shall provide services that minimize disruption to USAccess Customer Agencies and shall maintain the full life and functionality of currently existing, issued active PIV cards and credentials.”

The company that wins the open competition portion of the full process will work with GSA’s HSPD-12 managed service office to ensure that customer agencies maintain PIV cards and credentials of federal employees and contractors.

The contract also has a clause ensuring that the selected vendor will help maintain the platform as well as deliver and implement equipment at fixed credentialing facilities for customer agencies.

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