3M Cogent

3M awarded HSPD-12 identification document verification contract with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

St. Paul, Minn. – December 3, 2012 – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has selected 3M to provide Identification Document Verification for VA’s Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 Personal Identity Verification (HSPD-12 PIV) System. The 3M solution includes 300 3M AT9000 Full Page Readers and document authentication software deployed at approximately 284 PIV site locations, throughout a range of VA facilities across the United States.

The contract was awarded to 3M Cogent -- a wholly owned subsidiary of 3M and GSA-certified HSPD-12 end-to-end solutions provider -- through a competitive bid process using the GSA IT-70 schedule.

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, it required a common, verifiable, and traceable solution deployed to all PIV Registrar sites that complies with the FIPS 201 requirement. HSPD-12 PIV identity proofing with the 3M reader and software helps PIV Registrars ensure that applicants are issued credentials based on electronically validated I-9 documents, and that the resulting data is available for audit and reporting purposes.

“This is the first HSPD-12 implementation of its type,” said Andrew Dubner, manager with 3M Traffic Safety and Security Systems Division’s identity management business. “We are honored to be chosen by VA to provide this solution, which will help contribute to increased integrity of the data stored within the HSPD-12 PIV system.”