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Single Government ID Moves Closer to Reality (Hello DMV)
The Washington Post ^ | December 30, 2004 | Christopher Lee

Posted on 12/30/2004 1:53:19 PM PST by neverdem

High-Tech Cards Are Designed to Bolster Security

Federal officials are developing government-wide identification card standards for federal employees and contractors to prevent terrorists, criminals and other unauthorized people from getting into government buildings and computer systems.

The effort, known as the Personal Identity Verification Project, stems from a homeland security-related presidential directive and is being managed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a Commerce Department agency with offices in Gaithersburg.

In his Aug. 27 directive, President Bush said that "wide variations in the quality and security of forms of identification used to gain access to secure federal and other facilities where there is potential for terrorist attacks need to be eliminated." Bush called for the development of "secure and reliable forms of identification" for federal workers and contract employees.

To that end, federal officials want to replace the existing piecemeal system of agency-level ID cards with "smart cards" that are hard to counterfeit, resistant to tampering and difficult to use by anyone other than the rightful card-holder if lost or stolen.

The new generation of ID cards must be able to digitally store biometric data such as facial photographs and fingerprint images, bear contact and contactless interfaces, and allow the encryption of data that can be used to electronically verify the user's identity, according to NIST draft standards.


On Jan. 19, the agency will hold a public meeting at the Potomac Center Plaza in downtown Washington to discuss policy, privacy and security concerns associated with the development of the new ID card standard. Anyone who wants to attend must preregister by Jan. 11 by e-mailing Sara Caswell, a NIST official, at, according to a notice in yesterday's Federal Register. Questions regarding registration can be directed to Caswell at (301) 975-4634.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: biometrics; id; identification; nationalid; privacy; privacylist; security; yourpapersplease
I think there are 2 million just in the Defense Department, active and reserve components.
1 posted on 12/30/2004 1:53:19 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

It is called a CAC, and it has been around for years.

2 posted on 12/30/2004 1:58:51 PM PST by patton (The Louisiana crawfish is disrupting breeding areas for frogs and other amphibians)
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To: patton

CAC does not meet all of those specifications. This effort has been called by some Son of CAC.

CAC has also been a royal PITA around here, forcing the use of multiple badges and access cards until we get a interoperable readers everywhere

3 posted on 12/30/2004 2:11:04 PM PST by Starwolf
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To: patton

the CAC program with the ever sliding timeline for full compliance. Yuck, Yuck.

4 posted on 12/30/2004 2:23:49 PM PST by USNBandit (Florida military absentee voter number 537.)
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To: Starwolf
The first day I was converted to NMCI (Navy-Marine Corps Intranet) at work, I managed to "lock up" my CAC card. Had to go to a CAC issuer to get it unlocked - talk about a PITA. Thankfully the electronic thumbprint thing worked.

A lot of Navy websites now recognize whether you're accessing them from an NMCI machine or not, and if you are you have to jump through extra hoops. NMCI is as big a PITA as CAC.
5 posted on 12/30/2004 2:57:27 PM PST by Growler
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To: neverdem

I know about how this can be seen as a forerunner of the "Mark of the Beast," but I say bring it on. If it helps us get rid of the "rif raf" in this country and give it back to those of us who try to earn a living, then more power to them.

6 posted on 12/30/2004 3:11:16 PM PST by pctech
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To: pctech

and those who take the mark shall do it willingly and decide knowingly which side they belong...

i believe we live in a country that gives us the constitutional right to overthrow it... or try to any how...

the citizens shouldn't have to make it easy for the government to oppress them... the bill of rights is supposed to make it more difficult.


7 posted on 12/30/2004 6:35:17 PM PST by teeman8r (when the world is ready... man will be the next to go the way of the dinosaurs)
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To: Growler

I work at the first base that went to NMCI. Its was and is a real goat rope. I write scathing reviews whenever asked for feedback and get others to do the same. Also never miss an opportunity to point it out to command that it has had a serious impact on productivity and cost.

NMCI makes CAC cards look almost reasonable.

8 posted on 12/31/2004 6:08:21 AM PST by Starwolf
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To: teeman8r
...the bill of rights is supposed to make it more difficult.

Yep, that sure has worked well, heck without it where would we be?

9 posted on 12/31/2004 6:11:29 AM PST by unixfox (Close the borders, problems solved!)
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To: teeman8r
This isn't the card for crying out loud. It's a national identification that will weed out the illegals.

Dang, did I just say that??? Oh boy, perhaps it's time to rethink my take on this huh???

10 posted on 12/31/2004 10:39:23 AM PST by pctech
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