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Agencies Still Plugging Gaps in Smart Card Security

The Department of Health and Human Services was too lax in issuing smart ID cards to new employees and failed to deactivate them in a timely manner when workers left the agency, according to a new audit from the department’s inspector general office. Personal identity verification, or PIV, smart cards allow agency employees and contractors to access both federal facilities and agency networks and are a key part of the 2004 Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12, which required a common ID credential for federal personnel.

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