Audit initiated of DOT’s handling of personal identity verification cards

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The Department of Transportation’s Inspector General’s Office is initiating an audit of DOT’s implementation of personal identity verification (PIV) cards.

On Aug. 27, 2004, President Bush signed Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), “Policy for a Common Identification Standard for Federal Employees and Contractors.” This directive requires the development and implementation of a mandatory governmentwide standard for security and reliable forms of identification, referred as PIV cards, to be issued by the federal government to its employees and contractors. OMB required DOT to fully implement HSPD-12 by Oct. 27, 2008.

DOT-OIG says its audit objectives are to determine if DOT (1) has an effective process to issue, maintain and terminate functional PIV cards for employees and contractors; and (2) is adequately protecting the personal information collected, stored, processed and transmitted on the PIV systems.