NIST Defines Standards For Biometric Federal ID Cards

In October, the government will start issuing Personal Identity Verification cards to all federal employees and contractors. This week, the National Institute of Standards and Technology issued the final guidelines defining how biometrics should be stored on these identity cards.  In August 2004, the President issued Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 calling for a mandatory, governmentwide personal identification card that all federal departments and agencies will issue to their employees and any contractors requiring access to federal facilities and systems.

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