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DHS Misses Target For Smart Card ID System
The program's target date for completion has now been pushed to Sept. 30, 2011, the end of the 2011 fiscal year.
Specifically, DHS plans to issue smart cards to 135,000 federal employees and contractors by the end of fiscal year 2010, and to the remaining 105,000 employees and contractors by the end of fiscal year 2011.
The report blames poor program management, including insufficient funding and resources, as well as a change in implementation strategy for issuing cards in June 2009, for falling behind schedule.
There are significant IT problems hindering completion of the directive, too, according to the report.
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