DHS Behind Schedule on Smart Card ID System

Kara Reeder

The Department of Homeland Security's project to develop a standard smart-card identification method for federal employees and contractors is three years behind schedule, according to InformationWeek. Originally due to be completed Oct. 27, 2008, the deadline has now been pushed back to Sept. 30, 2011.


The smart cards, which contain information about which IT applications and networks and facilities each employee is permitted to access, were supposed to be issued to 250,000 employees. So far, only 15,567 people have received the cards. The delay is being blamed on poor management, insufficient funding and deficient IT systems.

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