EDS Obtains Approval to Provide End-to-End Identity Management Services for Federal Agencies

EDS approved by GSA for assisting federal agencies meet HSPD-12 requirements


HERNDON, Va., July 20 -- EDS (www.eds.com) received approval today from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to assist federal agencies in meeting the Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 (HSPD-12) identity management requirements and deadlines. The directive requires federal agencies to adopt a government- wide standard for secure and reliable identification of all employees and contractors by October 27, 2006 via a standard federal smart card.

GSA's approval recognizes the ability of the EDS Assured Identity (TM) solution to assist agencies in complying with HSPD-12, and reinforces EDS' standing as a leading provider of advanced smart card identity management services to the federal government.

"EDS' track record with DMDC and in implementing systems such as the Defense Biometric Identification System demonstrates our capability to offer the services federal agencies need for HSPD-12 compliance," said Jim Duffey, general manager EDS U.S. Public Sector. "EDS is a leading provider of large- scale identity management services to federal agencies, and GSA's approval will clear the way for us to provide these solutions to more federal government clients."

The EDS Assured Identity(TM) solution, built on field-proven components and processes, is specifically designed to meet the needs of HSPD-12 and the Federal Information Processing Standards 201-1 Personal Identity Verification Standard. EDS will offer Assured Identity(TM) as an integrated, secure, modular and scalable solution for enrollment, registration, issuance and management of identity management services.

Last month, EDS announced that the company delivered its 10 millionth Common Access Card (smart card) to the U.S. Department of Defense under an aggressive program managed by the Defense Manpower Data Center. It is the largest federal government advanced smart card program.

EDS has more than 10 years of experience in federal and international biometric and card-based access control systems. EDS also is a founding member of the Federation for Identity Cross-Credentialing Systems, an industry-formed consortium working with the U.S. Department of Defense on providing secure military installation access by defense contractors.

EDS is a leading global technology services company delivering business solutions to its clients. EDS founded the information technology outsourcing industry more than 40 years ago. Today, EDS delivers a broad portfolio of information technology and business process outsourcing services to clients in the manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, communications, energy, transportation, and consumer and retail industries and to governments around the world.