Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 Implementation

This Web site is your resource for details on NOAA's phased transition to the Common Access Card (CAC) – the new employee and contractor identification card. This effort is part of the entire Federal Government's move toward compliance with the President's Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (the Common Identification Standard for Federal Employees and Contractors), commonly known as HSPD-12. If this is your first time learning about the CAC and HSPD-12, please go to "About HSPD-12" in the navigation bar above for a brief introduction and overview of the program.

Employee Information

NOAA employees and contractors began receiving new badges in April, 2008, known as Common Access Cards (CACs). These new badges are a requirement of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) Personal Identity Verification II (PIV-II). The existing NOAA badges, which do not satisfy these requirements, will be phased out over the coming years. NOAA's Office of the Chief Administrative Officer (OCAO) is leading this phased implementation effort into HSPD-12 PIV-II compliance by using the Department of Defense's CAC PIV-II solution. Issuance of the CAC to NOAA employees and contractors will be managed by respective LO/SOs. Dates and times for you to receive your CAC will be coordinated through designated HSPD-12 points of contact within each LO/SO. NOAA employees and contractors will be contacted via email when it is time for them to get their new CAC by a representative from their organization. The representative will provide specific information including where to go and what you need to bring with you.

Employee Requirements for CAC Issuance

PIV-II requires the issuance of a common identification card, using the processes developed in PIV-I. This means that an individual must be properly vetted under PIV-I before the CAC can be issued. In order to be issued a PIV badge (CAC), employees must have a favorable background investigation, including a FBI fingerprint check; for most people, this will mean a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI). All employees must be "identity-proofed," that is, they must present two forms of identification (from I-9 list of documents). Click here for more information on HSPD-12 roles.

HSDP-12 Roles

FIPS 201 requires multiple roles (each with a different function) to perform various processes within the Agency to ensure that a single person cannot issue a CAC.

PIV-II Process


The individual (employee) to whom a PIV card will be issued.


Sponsorship includes performing identity proofing and submitting to the Registrar completed background check forms and applications for the PIV badge:


Ensures background checks have taken place and has final approval authority for issuance of a PIV card.

Enrollment Official

Serves as Sponsor proxy, performing identity proofing for Applicants located remotely from the Sponsor/Registrar.

Issuing Authority (Issuer)

Issuer creates and issues the PIV card. to authorized Applicants following the positive completion of all identity proofing, background checks and related approvals.