PERSONAL IDENTITY VERIFICATION
This section provides guidance on the requirements for issuing appropriate personal Government-issued identity badges to individuals working on Presidential transition teams.
The President’s Homeland Security Policy Directive # 12 (HSPD-12) established a mandatory, Governmentwide standard for secure and reliable forms of identification to gain access to Federally-controlled facilities and information systems. Under this directive and implementing guidance by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (FIPS-201-1, March 2006) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB Memorandum M-05-24, August 2005), personal identity verification (PIV) cards are to be issued. Pursuant to Executive Order 13467, dated June 30, 2008, OPM issued a Memorandum to Heads of Departments and Agencies, dated July 31, 2008, entitled “Final Credentialing Standards for Issuing Personal Identity Verification Cards under HSPD-12.” This memorandum provides Governmentwide credentialing standards to be used by all Federal agencies in determining whether to issue or revoke PIV cards for their employees and contractor personnel. Under the credentialing standards, a PIV card will not be issued to a person if:
There is a reasonable basis to believe the individual will attempt to gain unauthorized access to classified documents, information protected by the Privacy Act, information that is proprietary in nature, or other sensitive or protected information;
There is a reasonable basis to believe the individual will use Federally-controlled information systems unlawfully, make unauthorized modifications to such systems, corrupt or destroy such systems, or engage in inappropriate uses of such systems.
The above criteria are the minimum standards for initial eligibility for a PIV card. However, if an individual is found to be unsuitable for the competitive service under 5 CFR part 731, ineligible for access to classified information under Executive Order 12968, or disqualified from appointment in the excepted service or from working on a contract, the unfavorable decision is sufficient basis for non-issuance or revocation of a PIV card.
In addition, the July 31, 2008, memorandum provides a set of “supplemental credentialing standards” that agencies may use, in addition to the basic standards, in adjudicating whether the grant of a PIV card to an individual would create unacceptable risk, when the individual is not subject to an adjudication of suitability for employment in the competitive service, the senior executive service, or certain excepted service positions under 5 CFR part 731; qualification for employment in the excepted service under 5 CFR part 302 or under a similar authority; oreligibility for access to classified information under E.O. 12968. Under the supplemental credentialing standards, an agency may consider denying or revoking a PIV card if:
There is a reasonable basis to believe, based on the individual’s material, intentional false statement, deception, or fraud in connection with Federal or contract employment, that issuance of a PIV card poses an unacceptable risk;
There is a reasonable basis to believe, based on the nature or duration of the individual’s alcohol abuse without evidence of substantial rehabilitation, that issuance of a PIV card poses an unacceptable risk;
There is a reasonable basis to believe, based on the nature or duration of the individual’s illegal use of narcotics, drugs, or other controlled substances without evidence of substantial rehabilitation, that issuance of a PIV card poses an unacceptable risk;
TRANSITION TEAM MEMBERS
Members of transition teams needing long-term access (more than 6 months) to Federally-controlled facilities or information systems will need identification badges (PIV cards). Others needing access but not on a long-term basis can gain access under the particular agency’s own procedures. Agencies needing expedited investigative services for members of transition teams requiring PIV cards can request such service from OPM. Members of transition teams who are detailed from Federal agencies to a transition team not within their agency will need to verify that their PIV cards are acceptable at the detail site.
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