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Security Tip - Handling Logical and Physical Access Problems

Physical Access Control Systems, or PACS, are systems that manage physical access into buildings and other control areas. For example, the system that is used to swipe your card to enter a secured room or that scans your credential before you enter a Federal building, is a PACS. Logical Access Control Systems, or LACS, are systems that manage network and computer access. For example, the system that allows you to insert your credential into your computer and provide a PIN to log in, is a LACS.


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In the event of Federal Government Shutdown

  • USAccess system will continue to operate at full capacity in the event of a shutdown until otherwise notified.
  • Due to a potential lapse in federal funding, individual credentialing stations may be closed. Please check your appointment status prior to travelling to the credentialing site.

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Happy New Year – A Message from the Director

Happy New Year!

I would like to take this issue of Blue Top to introduce myself as the new Director of Identity Management. My name is Darlene Gore, and after serving as Acting Director of this program since Steve Sill’s retirement in September, I have recently accepted the position permanently. I bring with me more than 15 years of experience in the ICAM space and more than 20 years of customer service. I am looking forward to providing leadership for both the USAccess and FPKI Management Authority.


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USAccess Release 12.0 Rescheduled for Jan. 26-28

After receiving requests from Customer Agencies for additional testing time, the MSO has moved the implementation of Release 12.0 to the weekend of Jan. 26-28. This release includes an update to the CMS system used to activate and update PIV credentials. An email was sent to Agency Leads on Jan. 4 with additional information.

Key points for this release:


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Reminder: New User Group and Customer Advisory Board Meeting Schedule

The MSO has made a change to the User Group and Customer Advisory Board (CAB) meeting schedules. Beginning February 2018, User Group meetings will be held on the first Tuesday of each month, and CAB meetings will be held on the third Tuesday of each month. Agency contacts will, as usual, receive official invitations prior to each meeting with the location and dial-in or webinar information for the meeting, as appropriate.

Please note: This month’s CAB Meeting will still be held on January 23.


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Service Enhancements – January 2018

Changes/updates since last Blue Top

  • January 6-7: Routine maintenance completed as scheduled.
  • Enabled PIV-I credentialing service for USDA
  • Enabled Agency Specific Criteria for SBA for PIV-I
  • Enabled SIP for Peace Corp


Planned system events


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