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Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Credential

Protecting and keeping government assets secure such as facilities, computers, or information systems, are a fundamental responsibility of government employees. To ensure consistent implementation across the federal government, Homeland Security Presidential Directive12 (HSPD-12) was enacted. HSPD-12 provides for a new standardized federal identity credential that is designed to enhance security, reduce identity fraud, and protect the personal privacy of those issued government identification.

The GSA HSPD-12 Managed Service Office (MSO) established the USAccess program as an efficient way for Federal agencies to issue common HSPD-12 approved credentials to their employees and contractors. You will receive a USAccess credential if your agency has elected to participate in the USAccess Program. The PIV credential may be referred to as a different name within your agency because some agencies have opted to re-brand their program and credential. Different names include but are not limited to LincPass, Smart Card, and CAC card.